Special security law lifted in Bangkok

08:18, May 25, 2011      

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The internal seculity law (ISA) that was imposed in the capital Bangkok in February was lifted on Tuesday.

The Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO), the authority to enforce the law, was closed down, deputy director of CAPO Gen. Pongsapat Pongcharoen said.

Pongsapat said the situation is unlikely to worsen in the run- up to the general election on July 3 and there is no reason to continue to use a special law to cope with the situation.

ISA was intended to prevent protesters from storming or occupying government buildings and blockading roads after the harsher Emergency Decree to counter the red-shirt anti-government rally between March and May last year was lifted.

ISA is less stringent than the Emergency Decree, which allows the authorities to bar any public gathering, censure news reports and detain any suspects without charges for up to 30 days.

The decision to close down the security centre was reached at Tuesday's meeting of CAPO chaired by the national police chief Gen. Wichean Potephosree.

The meeting decided not to seek an extension of the ISA in Dusit, Phra Nakhon, Pomprap Sattruphai, Ratchathewi, Pathumwan, Watthana and Wang Thong Lang districts of Bangkok.

The previous 30-day extention of the ISA in the seven districts expires on May 24.

Source: Xinhua
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