Tight security measures to remain for several days after verdict: Thailand's deputy PM

21:39, February 26, 2010      

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Riot policemen patrol near Thai Supreme Court in Bangkok, capital of Thailand, Feb. 26, 2010. The Thai Supreme Court began around 1:30 p.m. reading a verdict on Thaksin Shinawatra's frozen assets on Friday. (Xinhua/Shi Xianzhen)

Tight security measures will remain in Thailand's capital Bangkok for several days after the court ruling on Friday, Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said.

It will be essential to continue closely monitoring the situation for several days since the public perception over the verdict outcome is different, the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNT) under the state-owned Public Relations Department, quoted Suthep as saying.

From about 13:39 p.m. local time, the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions has been reading the verdict for the 76 billion baht (2.29 billion U.S. dollars) asset seizure case of ousted former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

The court outcome is expected by Friday night.

The Thai people with the different attitude on the country's politics should also be mindful of the national interest, Suthep said.

By this time no special law is needed, while the government will do the best to control the political situation, the deputy prime minister said.

There won't be any coup to take place, Suthep has assured.

Metropolitan Police Division 1 Commander Police Major General Wichai Sangprapai said some 200 policemen will guard the Court at least until this Sunday (Feb. 28).

In a related development, on Friday four schools near the Court suspended classes in a bid to ensure safety for students.

Education Minister Chinnaworn Boonyakiat said he has authorized school administrators to immediately suspend classes if an anti- government rally, which is organized near their schools, shows a potential of violence to occur.

The anti-government protestors should not stage the protest near schools since it will negatively affect students, Chinnaworn said.

Source: Xinhua
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