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    Posted January 31, 2014 by
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    CMPO warns 1-5 years imprisonment for obstructing voting

    At 13:00 hrs. Mr.Tharit Pengdit, Director-General, the Department of Special Investigations, briefed the press on the outcome of the meeting of the Center For Maintaining Peace and Order (CMPO) earlier in the day, gist as follows:

    First, following the process of negotiation with Mr.Suthep Thaugsuban, Secretary-General of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) to not obstruct the election on 2 February, the CMPO was informed that Mr.Suthep denied any negotiation. An attempt to negotiate with the PDRC will be carried on.

    Second, the CMPO encouraged the public to exercise their rights to vote. Security units consisted of police and military personnel will be deployed to secure polling stations. Mobile rapid units will also stand by. For further traffic and security information, please contact 1599 or 1197. The CMPO also warned the protesters not to obstruct the election as it is against the law and punishments would be complied. Police officers will be equiped with camera devices to record any violation.

    Third, from 3 February, the functions of government agencies will be gradually restored to provide public services. Security personnel will be deployed in several venues.

    Fourth, people affected by the demonstrations had filed complaints and requests to police stations and the Crime Suppression Division. The CMPO would take immediate action in response. The CMPO also appreciates any form of supports from the private sector to those who were affected.

    Fifth, the CMPO through the Royal Thai Police and Department of Special Investigations, had collected more evidence and requested the Criminal Court to issue arrest warrants for 19 protest leaders on 30 January. It is currently under the consideration of the Court.
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