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Senior police officer assigned to talk to Suthep : CMPO

The government's peacekeeping centre has assigned a senior police officer to talk to protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban this week to discourage him from instigating protesters to seize polling stations this Sunday.

Centre for Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO)’s secretary Tarit Pendith said Assistant National Police Chief Chakthip Chaichinda is appointed to talk to Suthep in an open forum on Friday.

Suthep who has led anti-government movement for the last three months as secretary general of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC).

Tarit said CMPO members viewed that state offices which have been occupied by PDRC protesters must reopen on Monday with the help of government, police and military personnel.

He said the DSI will compile more evidence to substantiate a request for warrants to arrest 16 protest leaders under the Emergency Decree. The Criminal Court yesterday rejected the DSI's request for arrest warrants.

He said the National Police Bureau will take legal action against five non-Thai citizens among the protest leaders, including Sathit Segal, a businessman who has led protesters on Silom Road.

Tarit said the CMPO has set up an ad hoc committee, led by secretary general of the Anti-Money Laundering Office Sihanart Prayoonrat, to work out measures to confiscate the assets of protest supporters.


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