Police seek extradition of lese majeste suspect in Britain


BANGKOK, June 23 — Thailand’s police are cooperating with the Foreign Affairs Ministry in requesting the British government to extradite a Thai national lese majeste suspect to face trial in Thailand, deputy national police chief Pol Gen Aek Angsananont said today.

Gen Ake and other concerned officials met to discuss progress on bringing Chatwadee Amornpat, aka Rose, to stand trial in Thailand on charges of  lese majeste.

The Criminal Court on June 16 issued a warrant for her arrest.

Police are cooperating with the Foreign Affairs Ministry in revoking her Thai passport after learning that she has applied for British citizenship, Gen Ake said.

Pol Maj Gen Pisit Pao-in, an advisor to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, said that the British government must extradite Ms Chatwadee to Thailand if her passport is revoked.

However, if she is allowed to change her citizenship, then it is the duty of the Office of the Attorney General to request the British government to extradite her, said Gen Pisit.

Meanwhile, regarding significant cases such as using military weapons against anti-government protesters from late last year until last month, causing many casualties, Gen Ake said progress has been made.

Warrants for the arrest of a bomber who attacked protesters loyal to the People’s Democratic Reform Committee at Bangkok’s Victory Monument and for those who attacked Ramkhamhaeng University students have been issued.