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Emergency decree to stay in BKK and Northeast
« on: June 16, 2010, 12:07:38 PM »
Emergency decree to stay in BKK and Northeast

The government is likely to retain the state of emergency in Bangkok and parts of the Northeast, while lifting it in the capital's neighbouring provinces, a source said yesterday.
According to the source, the government's Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) yesterday discussed the possibility of lifting the emergency decree in provinces close to Bangkok such as Ayutthaya and Nakhon Sawan.

However, there is a need to retain the state of emergency in Bangkok and Northeast provinces, such as Nakhon Ratchasima, where the anti-government movement remains active, the source said.

The capital and its six neighbouring provinces were put under a state of emergency on April 7 after a group of red-shirt protesters stormed the Parliament compound. Later, the emergency decree was announced three more times covering a total of 24 provinces. The first declaration expires on July 7.

CRES spokesman Colonel Sansern Kaewkamnerd said yesterday that Army intelligence had discovered that potential troublemakers in Nakhon Ratchasuma were getting active, while moves were being made to smuggle weapons into other provinces.

The spokesman also said the CRES would issue summonses for 86 people suspected of secretly funding the red-shirt rally. These people, many of whom are close to fugitive ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra, will be asked to explain the suspicious financial transfers they had made during that period. They are suspected of funding terrorist activities and Sansern warned that if found guilty, they face a penalty that is as severe as that for perpetrators.

A CRES source said that among the 86 people, one is Thaksin's relative whose bank accounts were found to have recently received deposits totalling more than Bt7 billion and the money was later withdrawn in much smaller amounts.

In another case, a senior military officer who was Thaksin's classmate at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School, obtained deposits totalling Bt700 million in his bank account and he later withdrew the entire amount in one day. There was also a suspicious case involving a person close to Thaksin's former wife Khunying Pojaman Na Pombejra. More than Bt400 million was transferred into that person's bank account within a short period of time, according to the source.

Meanwhile, National Security Council secretary-general Thawil Pliensri told a press conference at the Army headquarters later yesterday that the CRES had discussed renewing the state of emergency. He said the meeting's chairman, CRES director and Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban, had instructed relevant agencies to assess the pros and cons of renewing or lifting the emergency decree.

As for the 86 people suspected of secretly funding the rally, Thawil said the CRES would set up eight working groups to question them about the suspicious transactions. "We will invite them for an explanation as soon as possible, maybe even tomorrow," he said yesterday.

The Nation