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PAD: Karun’s arrest purely political

Former senator Karun Sai-ngam (centred)
The arrest of People’s Alliance for Democracy
(PAD) key member and former senator Karun Sai-ngam has other
yellow-shirt leaders wondering just what the Democrat-led government is
really about.
Mr Karun was arrested on Wednesday as he arrived back from Cambodia,
on an old arrest warrant in connection with the PAD’s blockade of
Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports in late 2008.

“We can’t help but notice the timing of his arrest,” PAD spokesman Panthep Phongphuaphan said on Thursday.

“The government has had lots of time to seize him earlier, but did not.

“We wonder if they are just playing politics, because Mr Karun is a
member of the legal team of the Thai Patriots Network (TPN) assigned to
assist the two Thais jailed in Cambodia.”

PAD co-leader Chamlong
Srimuang said that the group’s key members and spokesman have taken
full responsibility for the ongoing rally, so the yellow-shirt
supporters should listen only to them about what action should be taken

He said a House dissolution was not part of the PAD’s demands and would not help lower the rally’s intensity.

yellow-shirt core member Praphan Khoonmee said speakers at the rally
will not address not only issue of national sovereignty, but also the
corruption in the government under Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva –
such as in the palm oil industry.

“The Democrat Party is not the same as it was. It has discarded its political ideology,” Mr Praphan said.

Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said Mr Karun’s arrest should not fan
the ongoing protest by TPN demonstrators near Government House.

Mr Suthep said Mr Karun was arrested in connection with the airport blockade case.

said most of the other suspects in this case had earlier surrendered to
fight charges levelled against them. Seven had not, including Mr Karun,
and were liable to arrest under a court warrant.

Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban
Mr Suthep hoped
the TPN – a yellow-shirt splinter group – would not take this matter as
a reason to step up their pressure for the government to take action to
bring home TPN coordinator Veera Somkwamkid and his secretary Ratree
Pipatanapaiboon, who were sentenced to eight and six years in jail
respectively by a Cambodian court for espionage.
he deputy prime minister in charge of security affairs said he did
not understand why the PAD had set a Feb 5 deadline for the government
to bring home the two convicts.

“Instead of raising the
pressure, the PAD should come and offer advice about what should be
done to secure the release of the two activists,” Mr Suthep said.

He insisted that the government had done what it could to help them and the public was aware of this.

Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya’s trip to attend the 7th Thai-Cambodian
Joint Commission meeting for bilateral cooperation in Siem Reap today,
Mr Suthep said he believed Mr Kasit, who was well-versed in the current
situation, would be able to convey a message to Cambodian Prime
Minister Hun Sen that Thailand wants peace, not war.

whether a control control drill by the metropolitan police using  real
tear gas canisters was intended to send a signal that the protesters
would be dispersed, Mr Suthep said the police were only making
themselves fully prepared.

They were duty-bound to protect important locations, including
Government House, parliament, the Foreign Ministry and the Cambodian

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