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Thailand: One of PAD Leaders Detained

Updated On: Oct 06, 2008

Thai police on Friday 3 October arrested one of the nine core leaders of the the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD), Chaiwat Sinsuwong.

The arrest took place after he left the home of former senator Kraisak Choonhawan. Mr Chaiwat and other leaders of the PAD were ordered arrested in August on five serious criminal charges including insurrection, which carries a maximum penalty of death or life imprisonment.

Police had warned the PAD that they would not storm Government House, occupied by PAD demonstrators since August, but that they would arrest any of the nine core leaders they found outside the protest zone.

The arrest of Mr Chaiwat was the first enforcement of a series of court orders and arrest warrants that ordered the PAD off the public streets and charged the leaders. The PAD has flaunted all the charges for nearly two months, and leaders make daily appearances on TV news shows.

Police took him to the special police school in Pathum Thani province, where influential people arrested on serious charges often are detained. PAD lawyer Suwat Apaipak told reporters after the arrest that Mr Chaiwat does not wish to be bailed out.

Source: Bangkok Post,  PAD Leader detained, 4 October, http://www.bangkokpost.com/topstories/topstories.php?id=131087







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