More arrest warrants to be issued for "red-shirts" leaders: Thai Deputy PM

19:48, May 27, 2010      

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Several more arrest warrants on terrorism charges will be issued, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs Suthep Thaugsuban said Thursday, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

Over 300 anti-government "red-shirt" suspects and convicts have been detained in prisons, Corrections Department Director-General Chartchai Sutthikrom said Thursday, the Nation newspaper's website reported.

About 100 of the total have been detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison, including two foreigners - Conor David Purcell, 30, an Australian and Jeff Savage, 49, a Briton, Chartchai said.

The remainder 200 "red-shirts" have been detained in provincial prisons, Chartchai said.

Moreover, police have been hunting for other "red-shirt" leaders, who have been fleeing, acting national police chief Pateep Tanprasert said, the National News Bureau of Thailand reported.

The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) is now searching for at least 49 major leaders of the "red-shirts".

Among these are Suporn Attawong and hardline "red-shirt" leader Arisaman Pongruangrong, who have fled from the anti-government rally site since May 19 before other core leaders officially ended their prolonged rally in central Bangkok.

The "red-shirt" protesters had occupied the Rajprasong Intersection, the main commercial area in central Bangkok since early April before they ended their prolonged rally at 13:00 hours on May 19.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the anti-government protesters and troops during March 12 to May 19 stood at 88 as some 1,885 others were wounded, Public Health Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said on May 25.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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