Ex-Deputy House Speaker yet to surrender after arrest warrant issued

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BANGKOK, July 24 — Thailand’s former Deputy House speaker Col Apiwan Wiriyachai has not surrendered in response to a warrant for his arrest for lese majeste.

Pol Gen Somyot Poompanmoung, deputy police chief, said Col Aiwan Wiriyachai, former deputy House speaker and former member of the Pheu Thai Party, had not contacted police to surrender after the Criminal Court approved a warrant for his arrest yesterday.

Police sought the warrant after receiving a complaint against Col Apiwan’s alleged lese majeste speech in a red shirt demonstration in Phetchaburi on January 29, 2011.

Gen Somyot said that the National Council for Peace and Order prohibited Col Apiwan from leaving the country and police would take legal action if they found him.

Today the Min Buri Court issued warrants for the arrest of two people suspected of murdering red shirt activist Kamol Duangphasook.

Also known as Mainueng Kor Kuntee, Mr Kamol was shot to death at a restaurant on Kaset-Nawamin Road last April.

Police identified both suspects from surveillance camera footage. One was the gunman and the other drove the motorcycle.

Police suspected Mr Kamol of being involved with war weapons used in unrest incidents in Bangkok.