Degree of security to be raised after Thaksin verdict in Thailand

21:47, February 25, 2010      

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A degree of security measures will be raised on Friday after the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions pronounces a verdict for the 76 billion baht (2.29 billion U.S. dollars) asset seizure case of ousted former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

It will be essential to raise the degree of the security steps in order to prevent violence, which might occur since some protestors might not be happy with the verdict's outcome, Metropolitan Police Division 1 Commander Police Major General Wichai Sangprapai said, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) under the state-owned Public Relations Department, reported.

Both prior to and during the verdict's pronouncement, some 450 riot control policemen, together with other different task forces will be deployed to ensure security at all important points at the Court compound, he said.

Only 120 concerned persons and 80 media personnel will be allowed to be present as nine judges are delivering the verdict on this Friday, said Police Major General Wichai.

Earlier, Acting Government Spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said the government will also pay attention to the first five hours after the historic verdict is pronounced.

The emotion during the first five hours after the verdict is seen to be strong, said the Acting Government Spokesman.

In a related development, Defence Ministry Spokesman Col Thanathip Saengsawang, disclosed Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, has instructed all military commanders to keep an eye on the political situation.

As it is not yet essential to impose any special law to deal with the country's political situation by this time, tight security measures, however, are to remain at least until mid-March, he said.

Jatuporn Promphan, anti-government United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) core leader, Thursday confirmed of a planned-mass rally.

The anti-government movement by the UDD or red-shirted people will start from March 12 as the red-shirted supporters from the countryside will begin from March 12 to travel to Thailand's capital Bangkok.

In the morning on March 14 the UDD protestors will stage their massive rally at Sanam Luang, the open field and public square in the center of Bangkok.

Source: Xinhua
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