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DSI to seek arrest warrants if PDRC 9 fail to appear

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said arrest warrants will be sought after the New Year if the nine leaders of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) do not report to the department today.

The nine, facing sedition and other serious charges, include Anchalee Pairerak, Thavorn Saenniam, Sathit Wongnongtoey and Wittaya Kaewparadai.

Pol Colonel Paisit Wongmuang, chief of the Special Case Operations Centre at the DSI, said he had not been contacted by any of the PDRC leaders as of press time yesterday(Wednesday). No special police taskforce will be deployed at the DSI today, as Paisit believed DSI officers can maintain peace and order if many protesters show up. The only precaution will be a metal fence placed around the DSI headquarters.

The nine face charges under articles 113, 116, 215 and 216 of the criminal code. Besides sedition, the charges include illegal assembly of more than 10 people, using force to harm others, creating a disturbance with weapons and refusing to obey officers' orders to cease their activities.

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