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DSI to seek arrest warrants for 33 protest core leaders

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will on Thursday submit to the court a request to issue arrest warrants for 33 core leaders of the antigovernment protests, director Tarit Pengdit said Monday.

The office will also ask the court to move up the consideration date for its request to revoke bail for another 15 activists of the protest, which has been scheduled for February 23. Tarit was speaking after chairing a meeting with metropolitan police and public prosecutors.

Referring to the 33 leaders, Tarit said they failed to meet the DSI officials as required, citing they were busy with either the protests or the New Year festival.

Despite the claim, they continued their campaigns against the government and plan to join a mass rally on January 13 to shut down the capital. Their campaigns have severely affected the economic and social security of the country.

Tarit said a subcommittee would meet on Tuesday to prepare the requests, which are expected to be ready for the court the following day.

He also referred to 15 activists of the nowdefunct People’s Assembly for Democracy who were arrested and released on bail for their involvement in the 2008 political turmoil.

The Court is scheduled to consider the DSI’s earlier request to revoke the bails on February 23. However, Tarit said they are continuing their illegal activities against the government and will join the next week’s mass rally, so his office believes the Court should move up the date to revoke bail.


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