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Crime suppression police believe a Pathum Thani red-shirt leader who faces an arrest warrant for alleged lese majeste is hiding in the Kingdom.

Deputy commander of the Crime Suppression Division Colonel Prasopchok Prommoon said his unit had contacted immigration police and found no information indicating pro-government group leader Wuthipong Kotthammakhun, aka Ko Tee, had left the country.

He said that after the court-approved arrest warrant was issued, police watched the video clip of Wuthipong giving an interview to the foreign media in which he committed the alleged offence.

Prasopchok said police also searched Wuthipong’s Red Guard radio station and his house in Pathum Thani, looking for him.

The arrest warrant had been circulated online in the police department’s information system nationwide and Wuthipong would be arrested when located.

A person found guilty of lese majeste, according to Article 112 of the penal code, is subject to three to 15 years’ imprisonment, with a statute of limitation of 15 years.

An arrest warrant has also been issued for Ekkapob Luara, aka Tang Acheewa, for alleged lese majeste offence over a speech he gave at a red-shirt rally last year.

Pheu Thai spokesman Anusorn Iamsa-ard said the government was sincere in taking legal action against anyone insulting the monarchy.

However, Anusorn said the Democrats should not pretend to forget that Suthep Thaugsuban – the former Democrat Party secretary-general and now the main leader of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) – had said he would claim sovereign power.

Anusorn said the comment should be deemed lese majeste, too, and a Pheu Thai member has already filed a complaint with police against Suthep, in addition to the insurrection charge he already faced.

Suthep announced on the PDRC rally stage at Lumpini Park last week that if the caretaker government led by YingluckShinawatra was ousted and the anti-government movement gained “sovereign” status, he would seek royal endorsement for a new prime minister.

Another PDRC leader Thaworn Senneam, a legal expert, said Suthep’s remark had nothing to do with lese majeste.

Thaworn said the government should investigate the alleged plot to topple the monarchy in 2010 as Wuthipong was allegedly involved in the plot then.

Department of Special Investigation director-general Tarit Pengdith dropped an investigation in the alleged plot, saying the allegation was groundless.

Tarit is now a member of the Centre for Administration of Peace and Order, which operates under the Internal Security Act.

A group of people in Chon Buri called “Pattaya People Love King” filed a complaint yesterday against Wuthipong and called on police to take the case seriously.

Group leader Trin Kiucharoen said the local police should be able to help investigate as Wuthipong used to visit Pattaya many times.

BANGKOK, April 7 – Pro-government demonstration leaders today cut short their intended three-day rally on Aksa Road and sent demonstrators back to their home provinces.

The rally was originally scheduled for three days, ending this evening, but red shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) leader Jatuporn Promphan announced on stage the decision to call off the activity.

‘This is just a rehearsal for the next rally the venue of which we will keep confidential,’ he said, boasting that the next event will be extremely crowded with a massive number of supporters.

Mr Jatuporn accepted a challenge by anti-government leader Suthep Thaugsuban to conduct a comparative count on the number of demonstrators for both factions.

Mr Suthep is secretary general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) which has been involved in anti-government movement for more than five months.

UDD leader Nattawut Saikua said the rally on Aksa Road was successful in both quality and quantity and it is unnecessary to compare with the quantity with PDRC demonstration.

“Since we follow democracy– which is accepted by people worldwide– it’s the same as a victory for us. The next battle will be a new chapter in the history of Thailand,” he said.

City administration employees started cleaning the much-littered Aksa Road after Red Shirt supporters left the scene, while explosives experts and police dogs were assigned to search for possible bomb substances in the rally site.

Meanwhile, PDRC core leader Thavorn Senneam said the PDRC’s proposal for a neutral prime minister would not lead to a sovereignty state but it is a process to resolve the country’s political stalemate in case caretaker premier Yingluck Shinawatra refuses to accept rulings of the Constitution Court or the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).

Ms Yingluck will be subject to step down if either of the two agencies finds her guilty agrees with charges against her for dereliction of duty in the rice pledging scheme and abuse of power in the transfer of Thawil Pliensri, chief of the National Security Council to an inactive post.

He said the PDRC will allow the reopening of government buildings which have been sealed off as part of its anti-government protests but caretaker Cabinet members will be barred from entering their respective ministries. (MCOT online news)

Paradorn expects tension to rise when court or NACC rules on Yingluck cases

The National Security Council (NSC) is not confident that it will be able to fully control civil unrest when anti-government and pro-government demonstrators take to the streets.

“With so many people out on the streets, we don’t have the confidence,” NSC secretary general Paradorn Pattanatabut said yesterday.

However Paradorn insisted that security agencies would do their best. “We will closely monitor the situation and prevent any confrontation between the two sides,” he said.

Tension is apparently rising as independent agencies are expected to deliver their rulings on some cases against caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra very soon.

“Key factors are the rulings from independent agencies,” Paradorn said.

United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) chairman Jatuporn Promphan yesterday said there was clearly a conspiracy to oust the current government.

“After the Songkran celebrations, we will organise a massive rally to completely shut down the bureaucratic polity,” he said.

He added that he would lead his supporters into Bangkok in the upcoming rally.

At press time last night, red shirts were gathering at Aksa Road, on the western fringe of Bangkok.

“Let’s return home and celebrate Songkran first. But around April 18, we will have a really big rally,” Jatuporn said.

Paradorn expected the tension to reach boiling point this month because the UDD felt any negative rulings could be unfair to Yingluck and supporters of the government.

Meanwhile, the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) had signalled that it would stand by the independent agencies.

“If the government doesn’t accept the scrutiny by independent agencies and the Constitutional Court, the PDRC will have to organise a really big move to protect the constitution,” PDRC spokesman Akanat Promphan said.

“Such institutions, after all, are key pillars of the administrative system under the Constitution.”

The PDRC, which leads the anti-government movement, has lately told its supporters that the country is in the final round of the battle.

One of the serious cases targeting Yingluck surrounds her decision to transfer Thawil Pliensri from the top job at the National Security Council in 2011.

The Supreme Administrative Court ruled that the transfer was unlawful and ordered that Thawil be reinstated.

According to a survey by Suan Dusit Poll, 69 per cent of respondents believe the country’s political conflict is so serious it could trigger a civil war.

Asked how to prevent the civil strife, 48 per cent said the government and anti-government demonstrators should engage in peaceful talks and refrain from inciting

violence.

Almost 39 per cent of respondents said the political conflict had been prolonged because politicians were trying to protect their interests.

Jatuporn kicks off red-shirt rally at Utthayan Road

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Jatuporn Promphan, the chairman of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, officially kicked off the red-shirt rally at the Utthayan Road at 5 pm Saturday.

He addressed the red-shirt people on the stage together with Nuttawut Saikuar and Thida Thawornset.

Jatuporn said the Utthayan Road was filled up with red-shirt people since 5 pm while many more were travelling to join the demonstration.

He said the rest of red shirts should arrive by 10 or 11 pm.

He said the red shirts would show their force to warn the elites against seizing power.

At 6 pm, Jautporn and other UDD leaders led the demonstrators to sing the national anthem and showed their citizen identification cards to prove that they are not workers or immigrants from neighbouring countries as alleged by their opponents.

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