CAPO director fears bloodshed if court removes PM


BANGKOK, 22 April 2014 – The Center for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) is worried that there could be bloodshed if Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, along with her cabinet, is forced to step down.

Labor Minister Pol Capt Chalerm Yoobamrung, who is also the CAPO director, expressed his fears that violence could break out if the premier was found guilty of her charges regarding the unfair transfer of former National Security Council (NSC) chief Thawin Pliensri and corruption in the government’s rice pledging scheme. Mr. Chalerm added that PM Yingluck and her cabinet must remain in power until the new government takes office.

Therefore, the CAPO director has warned both the Charter Court and the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to be impartial and think about the consequences.

As for a statement issued last week, Mr. Chalerm apologized to the air force for not letting it know in advance that the statement was going to be made, giving a reason that the armed forces were also present at last week’s meeting.

He then gave an assurance that the armed forces would be notified of future statements.