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Thailand protests: 'Insurrection' warrant issued for protest leader Suthep

Published on Dec 2, 2013 9:48 PM
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Anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban gestures as followers parade during a demonstration at the Department Special Investigation (DSI) in Bangkok on Nov 27, 2013. A Thai court on Monday, Dec 2, 2013, issued an arrest warrant for Suthep for "insurrection" over his attempt to topple the government, police said. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban for "insurrection" over his attempt to topple the government, police said.

The warrant was issued "for the charge of insurrection which shall be punished with death or life imprisonment", said Chayut Thanataweerat, deputy metropolitan commander, in a televised statement.

While the charge is serious the death penalty is rarely carried out in Thailand.

Last week a court issued a warrant for Suthep's arrest for orchestrating the occupation of government ministries.

 
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