BANGKOK, Dec 23 – The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) said legal action will be taken separately against 38 anti-government protest leaders, as demonstrators today stormed the agency’s headquarters to press for fair treatment.
DSI director-general Tarit Pengdit said the agency will file charges against 38 protest leaders. The Court has already issued an arrest warrant for one of them, Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary general of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), on charges of insurrection.
DSI investigators have summoned the other 37 accused. All their cases will be prosecuted separately.
He said the agency has sufficient evidence to file charges against them and is waiting for copies of the alleged protest leaders’ 6-month bank statements in order to trace possible financial sponsors of the movement.
The DSI chief’s announcement came as protesters led by Nitithorn Lamlua, a leader of the Network of Students and People for Thailand’s Reform (NSPTR), a movement allied to the PDRC, rallied outside the agency’s headquarters in Chaengwattana Road to protest its move to charge protest leaders with insurrection and to freeze their bank accounts.
Mr Tarit however was not at the DSI headquarters today as he moved to the Software Park Building and held a meeting there.
The demonstrators later returned to their main rally sites, while protest leaders vowed that they would come back to the DSI compound on Thursday and Friday to meet Mr Tarit following his summons. (MCOT online news)