Security well prepared to safeguard judges on verdict day: Thailand's Metropolitan Police

15:35, February 23, 2010      

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Security officers are ready to safeguard judges, who will deliver a verdict for the 76 billion baht (2.29 billion U.S. dollars) asset seizure case of Thaksin Shinawatra on Feb. 26, the Metropolitan Police announced, a state- owned media reported Tuesday.

The local political situation is increasingly intense ahead of the court verdict on whether or not to seize ousted former Thai premier Thaksin's frozen asset Friday.

Jointed security forces of police and military have been prepared to ensure the safety of all nine judges for the asset case, said Police Major General Piya Uthayo, spokesman of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, according to the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) under the state-owned Public Relations Department.

Security will be enforced around the clock from their residences, traveling to the Supreme Court, and at the Supreme Court building, Thai News Agency reported earlier.

Apart from those for the judges, other related steps and jointed security forces of police, soldiers, and those from the Office of The Civil Service Commission, will be put into action around the Court for the whole day, he said.

Also, roads around the Court will be ceased for the public service in a bid to have better security operations.

An attacking team of security men can be summoned within 15 minutes to control the situation at the Court if needed, said the spokesman of the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

Police Major General Piya said he has believed the demonstration would not turn violent, as he estimated that not many protesters will gather at the rally site at the Court on this Friday.

However, he said that revising the force deployment at the Court will depend on the situation and intelligence.

Source: Xinhua
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