DSI chief comments on postponing Suthep’s charges


BANGKOK, 25 December 2013 — DSI chief Tharit Pengdit has stated that he won’t allow People’s Democratic Reform Committee’s (PDRC) Secretary General Suthep Thaugsuban to postpone his indictment further citing the need to continue leading his protesters against the government as a reason, further wreaking havoc in the nation. 

In regard to Mr. Suthep’s lawyer’s request that the indictment for treason against Mr. Suthep be put off once more, Mr. Tharit said that appropriate reasons would be needed for authorities to consider whether to comply with such a request.

Should illness be cited as a reason for the postponement request, it would be a justifiable excuse. However, postponing the hearing to lead demonstrators is by no means an acceptable reason.

The DSI has recently issued an arrest warrant for Suthep and summoned 37 other leaders of the PDRC to officially hear charges brought against them. They are to report to the DSI between December 26 and27 and January 2 and 3, 2014, said Tharit.