NSC ponders extending ISA

national April 23, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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National Security Council is evaluating the situation before deciding whether to propose extending the Internal Security Act (ISA) until the Cabinet meeting next week.

The current ISA is due to expire on April 30.
National Security Council (NSC) secretary general Paradorn Pattanatabut said his agency will wait to hear the Constitutional Court’s decision today on whether it will allow caretaker PM Yingluck Shinawatra to submit her defence after the deadline, which was last Friday.

There will also be discussion about the election and the anticipated reaction of anti- and pro-government groups. 

The opposing groups have announced they would mobilise rallies depending on when the Constitutional Court rules on Yingluck’s status related to the case of her transfer of NSC chief Thawil Pliensri.
The Supreme Administrative Court ruled the transfer was illegal.
He said the NSC would prepare measures to prevent confrontation between the groups.
The anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee had announced it would obstruct an election, Paradorn said. Meanwhile, this week’s rally by the red-shirt Democracy Protection Volunteers was just in preparation for staff to keep order during the red-shirts’ rally, Paradorn said.

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