CAPO seeks legal action against Suthep for attempting to overthrow government


BANGKOK, April 8 –  Thailand’s Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) said it is collecting evidence to bring charges against the leaders of the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) for unconstitutionally attempting to overthrow the country’s democratic system.

CAPO said today that it will use last Saturday’s comments of PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban, which are deemed as breaching Section 113 of the Criminal Code, in evidence to file insurrection charges against Mr Suthep and another 57 protest leaders.

Caretaker Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul said that he has instructed concerned officials to transcribe and translate Mr Suthep’s remarks and distribute them to all embassies in Thailand.

Meanwhile, Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit said he has submitted a recording of Mr Suthep’s remarks to Department of Special Investigation (DSI) Director-General Tarit Pengdit seeking agency to bring criminal charges against Mr Suthep and the other leaders for rebellion.

Mr Prompong said he will also petition the Constitutional Court within this week.

After receiving the complaint Mr Tarit said that DSI investigators, the National Police Bureau and the Office of Attorney General have closely monitored the PDRC movements.

He said that last Saturday, there was not only Mr Suthep, but also a number of other key protest leaders who were behind the moves.

Mr Tarit said that CAPO is meeting today to consider the issue.