#Thailand #Shutdown Criminal Court accepts protesters’ petition against DSI chief for malfeasance

BANGKOK, Jan 30 – The Criminal Court today accepted a complaint filed by the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) seeking legal action against the Department of Investigation (DSI) chief for malfeasance following his move to freeze the protest leaders’ bank accounts.
Suwat Apiyapakdi, a lawyer representing PDRC advisor Pipob Thongchai, petitioned the court this morning after DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith summoned 17 PDRC leaders for their role in leading political demonstrations and ordered commercial banks to freeze their assets in 28 local and foreign banks last December.
He said Mr Tarit later summoned an additional 20-30 protest leaders and also ordered their assets frozen.
Mr Tarit’s move followed the meeting of the Special Case Committee chaired by caretaker deputy premier Pracha Promnog, which the DSI chief attended. The meeting resolved that PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban and other protest leaders have violated the law for their demonstrations in Bangkok and some provinces.
Mr Pipob’s petition said Mr Tarit’s move is considered unlawful and has damaged the alleged protest leaders.
The court accepted the request and set the first hearing on April 21.
Mr Suwat commented after the court’s decision that he will further file a complaint at the court to take legal action against other persons who attended the December meeting of Special Case Committee at which the resolution led to actions against the PDRC leaders. (MCOT online news)

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