More arrest warrants for Thai "red-shirts" next week: DSI chief

13:11, May 28, 2010      

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The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will ask the courts next week to approve more arrest warrants for the third-generation leaders of anti- government United front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), nicknamed "red-shirts", said the DSI director general on Friday.

According to the Bangkok Post online, Tharit Pengdit said they will ask for arrest warrants against the third-generation core leaders who took to the rally stages in Bangkok and other provinces.

He said senior officials of the DSI, Foreign Ministry, Royal Thai Police and the Office of the Attorney General would meet Tuesday to discuss ways to arrest the fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who is believed to be the de-facto leader of the "red-shirts" and is under arrest warrant.

The Criminal Court on May 25 issued the arrest warrant against Thaksin on charges of terrorism for his role in orchestrating the prolonged "red-shirts" protests in Bangkok, which left more than 80 people dead during the clashes between the protestors and troops before the rally ended on May 19.

The self-exiled ex-premier stays in Montenegro, of which he has obtained a citizenship. According to the Bangkok Post, the prime minister of Montenegro has reportedly stated that his government would not allow the extradition of Thaksin to Thailand without substantial evidence that he is a terrorist.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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