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Aide: Thai FM acknowledges police charge concerning airport closure

THAILAND'S Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya has been informed of a police decision to charge him on his involvement with the seizure of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport during a mass rally to oust the then Somchai Wongsawat-led Government late last year.

Panich Wikitseth, assistant to the foreign minister, said today Kasit had already discussed with Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva concerning the charge, a Thai language news agency, Krungthep Turakij Online reported.

However, he will continue performing his ministerial duties, Panich said.

In a related development, in the capital of Bangkok, Abhisit echoed the foreign minister's stance, saying that Kasit can continue with his work.

Kasit will return to Thailand in the next few days and will report himself to police on July 16 as stipulated in the police summons, according to Panich.

Yesterday, the police issued a summons for leaders of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and some other key PAD members to question them on alleged involvement in the seizure of Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports.

In total, 27 PAD members will need to report to the police as among these summonsed is Kasit, who also led the protests at Suvarnabhumi.

The police summons, which dated on July 1, is in regard to a complaint, having filed by the Airports of Thailand (AOT) against the PAD leaders and other key PAD members on suspicion of invasion and destruction of property, inciting unrest and an act of terrorism, resulting in the AOT temporarily operational shutdown.

The other alleged offenses include violation of the states of emergency dated Nov. 29, Dec. 1 and Dec. 1-3.


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