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Thailand Live Wednesday 2 February 2011

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Crime suppression in high gear under Pracha Wiwat policy

BANGKOK (NNT) -- Police set out to reduce crimes by 20 percent within the next 6 months in accordance with the government’s Pracha Wiwat welfare scheme.

During the police board meeting, Police Chief Wichien Pojphosri handed down operational guidelines to his subordinates for crime suppression and prevention as part of the Pracha Wiwat policy of the Democrat-led government. The goal was set on the eradication of crimes in the country by 20 percent within a six months’ time.

The focus will be placed on people’s participation in preventing all forms of crimes in their own communities, particularly those involving narcotic drugs. The Police Chief expressed confidence that the establishment of civil networks for the purpose would help provide the police with more information and add to the effectiveness of their performance.

Meanwhile, Police Spokesperson Police Major General Prawut Thavornsiri commented on the current demonstration by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), saying that the prolonged gathering is conducive to criminal activities and creates difficulties in the police operations. Therefore, action plans have been adjusted to better suit the situation while more officers have been dispatched to patrol the rally site.

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Police: Nobody lodges legal complaint against PAD on traffic blockade

BANGKOK (NNT) -- The police do not intentionally neglect their duty to take legal action against the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) group for blocking traffic, according to National Police Chief Police General Wichean Potephosree.

Police General Wichean reasoned that the police could not prosecute the protesters assembling at at Makkhawan Bridge and blocking road there since no one has lodged a petition to the court yet. He added that the street-protest of the PAD remains peaceful and in order so far.

The police commissioner-general continued that the police would have legitimacy to retake the rally site from the PAD group if anyone affected by the protest such as the Secretariat of the Prime Minister or schools nearby the site asks the court for a temporary injunction.

He cited as example an earlier successful injunction taken by the Secretariat of the Prime Minister to prevent PAD demonstrators from blocking entries into Government House.

The PAD supporters have been gathering near Government House compound since 25 January 2011, vowing to hold their grounds until their demands regarding the Thai-Cambodian spats are heeded. As a result, roads nearby the protest sites have been closed.

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Suthep unconcerned over PAD’s lawsuit

BANGKOK (NNT) -- Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs Suthep Thaugsuban has shrugged off the lawsuit filed by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and Santi Asok, a group affiliated to the PAD, accusing him of causing the loss of the 4.6 sq-kilometer area to Cambodia.

The deputy prime minister stated that he had no problem although the suit accused him and three other ministers of dereliction of duty leading to the loss. According to him, this would give him an opportunity to prove his innocence in the court of law.

Mr Tainae Mungmajon, on behalf of the PAD and its affiliate Santi Asok, on Monday lodged a complaint with the Criminal Court accusing the four ministers of causing the nation to lose part of its territory around the Preah Vihear temple to the neighboring country.

Apart from the deputy prime minister, other ministers facing the charge are Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan.

The four could face life in prison or even death penalty if proven guilty.

As for the prolonged demonstration of the PAD and its affiliates near Government House since 25 January 2011, Mr Suthep responded that the police had been trying their best to negotiate with the group; however, no special laws would be enforced for the time being.

The deputy prime minister then expressed his sympathy for the police given the government has already tasked them with numerous other duties including narcotics suppression, forcing them to spread themselves too thin and consequently affecting their ability to guard against possible incidents around Government House.

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2 Nigerian Men Arrested In Bangkok For Selling 13Kgs Of Cocaine

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Poor public response in Bangkok on first day of 'eggs by kilo' scheme

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Thai Govt agrees to negotiate compensation claims with telecom firms

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The Thai tradition of coup talk begins again

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Stranded Thais due back

By The Nation

Thai citizens stranded at the airport in Cairo for several days are expected back in Bangkok early today.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Thani Thongpakdi said yesterday they were on a flight due to land at Suvarnabhumi Airport at 3.45am.

Some 85 Thais were due to fly out of Cairo on a chartered Royal Jordanian Airlines jet to Amman in Jordan. Most - 69 - of them were then due to board a Thai Airways International flight home, while the other 16 were heading to Libya, he said.

Foreign Minister's Secretary Chavanond Intarakomalyasut and Department of Consular Affairs deputy chief Mathurapojana Intharong were escorting the strandฌed Thais back, he said.

Thani said the situation in Cairo was worrying, so people wishing to travel to Egypt should postpone their trips until there was peace.

He also urged Thais still in Cairo to strictly follow the law - to remain at home for their own safety and avoid going to protest sites. So far no other Thais had expressed a wish to return to Thailand, he said.

Suwit Yingwattanakrai, whose daughter is studying for a master's degree in Cairo, urged the Thai govฌernment yesterday to take care of the remaining Thais and to send another flight to bring more Thai students home. His daughter had been unable to contact the Thai Embassy all day yesterday, he said, and life had become much harder with food more expensive and protests continuing.

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Thai environmentalist may leave Prachuap after bid to kill him

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Draft on nationality moves forward

By The Nation

The Cabinet has approved the new Thai Nationality Act, aimed at solving the problem of stateless people, and it will be submitted to the Parliament for consideration within a couple of weeks, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday.

Deputy government spokesman Supachai Jaisamut confirmed that the legislation will be up for House consideration before February 15, and that he would contact the government whips to prioritise this draft bill.

This is in response to stateless people rallying outside Parliament and demanding that the government finalise the bill, which has been on the shelf for nearly two years.

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