Authorities to issue arrest warrants for ASTV administrator and accomplices

September 2nd, 2008 - 2:36 pm ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Secretary General to the Minister of Interior’s Office, Mr. Supachai Jaisamut (ศุภชัย ใจสมุทร), in his capacity as Spokesperson to the Ministry of Interior, said that People’s Alliance for Democracy members who continue to disregard the Emergency Decree will face charges of public gathering of more than 5 persons, which carries a penalty of a maximum of 2 years imprisonment. Other charges include trespassing on government property, and insurrection against the state.

Mr. Supachai called on protesters to respect the law. Meanwhile investigative officers are summarizing warrants for the arrest of Mr. Chithnat Limthongkul (จิตนาถ ลิ้นทองกุล), an administrator of the ASTV channel, as well as more than 30 accomplices on charges of insurrection, and trespassing, charges which the nine leaders of the People’s Alliance for Democracy also face.

The Spokesperson to the Ministry of Interior said that officers will also be responsible for shutting down ASTV broadcasts under the Emergency Decree.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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