Thai police chief 'denies' he agreed to meet Suthep

Thai police chief 'denies' he agreed to meet Suthep
People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary general Suthep Thaugsban.

THAILAND - National police chief Pol Gen Adul Sangsingkaew has denied he agreed to meet People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) secretary general Suthep Thaugsban, who is wanted by police on charges of sedition.

Pol Maj Gen Piya Uthayo, spokesman for the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) quoted Adul as admitting Suthep had called him, but he told Suthep as a police officer his role was to enforce the law.

It would be up to the chiefs of the armed forces to decide, if they wanted to meet with Suthep, Piya said.

The police chief had also appointed a team of investigators to probe who is behind a questionable video clip, deemed to violate the law covering lese majeste.

Deputy Senate speaker Surachai Liangbunlertchai said the Senate was ready to be a coordinator in bringing the caretaker government and the PDRC to the negotiating table. He added that the military's top brass should allow Suthep to meet with them, in order to seek a solution to the political deadlock.

However, Pheu Thai party strategist Sompong Amornwiwat, said the military top brass wanted Suthep to meet first with seven private organisations in order to discuss solutions. He added that the Pheu Thai was ready to meet Suthep any time to discuss what could be done to reform Thailand's political system, before the general election is held.

Sompong dismissed the proposal floated by some National Anti-Corruption Commission members that the government issue an emergency decree to set up a "people's council" as demanded by Suthep. The proposal cannot be enforced legally, he said.

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