BANGKOK -The Criminal Court of Thailand on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant against anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban for inciting protestors to occupy several government ministries and agencies.
The warrant, issued in response to police request, requires Suthep to turn himself in as soon as possible, otherwise he will be arrested on sight, said the Bangkok police, adding that they are gathering more evidence to take action against other protest leaders.
Suthep was accused of violating Article 215 and 365 of the Penal Code by leading more than two persons to intrude into the compound of the Finance Ministry and the Foreign Ministry on Monday.
The former Democrat Party lawmaker, who vowed to “seize all ministries”, said on Tuesday that the protestors would stay put in the compound of the Finance Ministry and make it another stronghold of the prolonged rallies.
The outspoken protest leader said he was not worried by the legal actions against him and wouldn’t surrender to the police.
Paradorn Pattanatabut, Secretary General of the National Security Council, urged Suthep, who once served as deputy prime minister during the Democrat rule two years ago, to report to the court before Dec. 12, saying that his continued movement will jeopardize his chance for bail.
Anti-government protestors on Tuesday laid siege to more government compounds including the Agricultural Ministry and the Transport Ministry, in an escalating bid to overthrow the so- called Thaksin regime, which has forced Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra to declare the enforcement of the Internal Security Act throughout Bangkok and its adjacent provinces to counter the protest.