Lawyer to submit appeal against Thaksin's arrest warrant

13:56, May 26, 2010      

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A lawyer of Thailand's former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra said Wednesday he will submit an appeal against the Criminal Court's approval of terrorism arrest warrant against Thaksin.

Phichit Chuenban said he will submit the appeal to the Criminal Court later Wednesday.

The Criminal Court Tuesday backed a warrant to arrest Thaksin on terrorism charges after a request from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).

In its judicial decision, the court found sufficient evidence to suspect Thaksin's involvement in terror activities.

The three key provisions refer to terrorism-related offenses, including the use of force to endanger life and freedom, causing the destruction of public transport systems and inflicting serious harm to the economy with the aim to pressure the government.

The DSI sought the warrant after the anti-government Red-shirts, to whom Thaksin was widely believed to be the leader de-facto, clashed with the troops and launched arson attacks after their leaders announced end of their rally on May 19.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said on Wednesday that the arrest warrant is justified since DSI had submitted video footage backing the charges to the Criminal Court, and DSI chief Tharit Pengdit, his deputy and investigator testified before the court.

The Red-shirts staged a rally since March 12 in Bangkok, pressure the government led by Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve the parliament. They had occupied the central business zone in the capital city for more than one month before the troops began to sealed the zone off on May 13 and to disperse them on May 19.

There had been 88 dead, 1,885 injured and 17 still in ICU in the clashes between the Red-shirts and the security forces since March 12, said the Public Health Ministry Monday.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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