Security tightened at Supreme Court of Thailand: police spokesman

16:55, February 25, 2010      

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Security surrounding the Supreme Court of Thailand has been beefed up from Thursday noon, with a police company having been deployed, Police Major General Piya Uthayo, the spokesman of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said.

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

The Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions is going to pronounce a verdict for the 76 billion baht (2.29 billion U.S. dollars) asset seizure case of ousted former Thai premier Thaksin.

And, later in the evening a bomb disposal squad will carefully check the Court compound, said Police Major General Piya, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) under the state-owned Public Relations Department, reported.

On Friday from 6.00 a.m., local time, some 450 riot control policemen, two bomb disposal squads, quick reaction forces, traffic police, and investigation officers will be deployed to ensure security at all important points at the Court compound, he said.

Also, two security check points will be installed at the Court' s entrance and exit, the Spokesman said.

In addition to those, over 20 closed circuit television (CCTVs) installed around the compound are ready to record any irregularity, which will potentially occur, Police Major General Piya has warned.

Meanwhile, it is estimated that a number of protestors in front of the Court will be not many and the situation will be under control, he assured.

In related development, Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan said the National Police has already coordinated the army to reinforce the policemen, if necessary, Thai News Agency reported.

The public should stay calm and respect the Court's pronouncement, which will enable the whole country to move forward, said General Prawit.

Source: Xinhua
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