Evidence sought to arrest radio host for threatening premier
Published: 23/11/2009 at 12:00 AM
Police are gathering evidence against a local community radio host for
threatening the life of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on air.
Chiang Mai deputy governor Pairoj Saenphuwong said police could arrest
Phetcharawat Watanapongsirikul, a leader of the Love Chiang Mai 51 group,
who announced on his community radio programme that he would take the life
of Mr Abhisit when he visited the city next Sunday.
Mr Abhisit will be in Chiang Mai to meet the Thai Chamber of Commerce and
the Federation of Thai Industries.
"No one needs to file a complaint with police because it is a criminal
case. Police can make an arrest as soon as the court issues an arrest
warrant," Mr Pairoj said.
The group supports former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra whose native
province is Chiang Mai.
Protesters would be allowed to rally on a ground at the Tha Phae gate when
the prime minister arrives, he said. Any protesters who demonstrate
elsewhere in an unlawful manner would face legal action.
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