One PAD’s leader arrested… one month after warrant… at a toll gate

The Finest in Tight Uniform have been “lucky” friday.

They’ve arrested Chaiwat Sinsuwong, one of PAD’s nine leaders wanted on treason charge. More than one month after the arrest warrants have been issued (read here) !

Talk about a striking efficiency… For the Royal Thai Police, it must be a like a world record. 😉

And talk about luck : they nailed him at the expressway toll gate on Rama VI Road “shortly after he left the house of Democrat Party MP Kraisak Choonhavan”.

The world is so -conveniently- small…

Or maybe the MP called the police just before ? 😉 Or maybe it was  an “honest mistake” from a zealed officer ? Is the police going to bail him out… with polite excuses ?

Police yesterday arrested Chaiwat Sinsuwong, one of the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD)’s nine leaders, on a treason charge.

The PAD has been occupying Government House, the country’s official seat of power, since an August 26 siege.

Police said Chaiwat had been apprehended at 2.30pm at the expressway toll gate at Rama VI Road shortly after he left the house of Democrat Party MP Kraisak Choonhavan on Soi Rajakhru off Rama VI.

Kraisak is a key supporter of the PAD.

Police staked out the toll gate upon learning that Chaiwat had left Kraisak’s house. He was taken to the Border Patrol Police Region 1 Command in Pathum Thani’s Klong Luang district and detained.

Chalong Srimuang, another PAD leader, yesterday called an emergency meeting to discuss the arrest of Chaiwat. (Nation)

How the PAD is going to react ? Is it the beginning of the end for a movement that is loosing its steam or could this arrest refuel the protests ?

8 Responses to “One PAD’s leader arrested… one month after warrant… at a toll gate”

  1. 1 fall 4 October 2008 at 12:40 pm

    Wanna bet that the police also have tape on what was being discussed between Chaiwat and Kraisak?

    Now the Dem hands are tied, no more support visit to the PAD…

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 4 October 2008 at 2:22 pm

    So you think it was a piloted operation ?

    Dangerous. Particularily at a times when Somchai tries to “negociate-talk” with the PAD…

    Or it could be an operation decided by the hard-liners (on the gvt’s side or even PAD’side), to put the talks in jeopardy…

  3. 3 FDL 4 October 2008 at 2:47 pm

    In Thailand these days, defying the POLICE seem to be the fashion. Remember that defiant TFB woman driver caught for traffic violation but openly disrespectful of the arresting traffic policeman? OK this is a minor but common incident with the traffic police.

    But seriously, lots of law offenders seem to be able to elude the Thai police at will. Kamnan Po is still at large, Watana had easily crossed to the border to evade capture, and that notorious husband and wife team of Thaksin and Potjaman carry numerous futile Wanted posters waiting to be served. And of course those PAD leaders blatantly on rebellion still unlawfully occupying the Thai Prime Minister\’s office (Government House) for a month now with the Thai police merely helplessly watching . . .

    Thailand\’s law and order situation is pathetic!

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 4 October 2008 at 4:07 pm

    … but if someone steals an egg, then the police is seriously (and sometimes violently) efficient.

    So beyond the legendary incompetence of the police (undeniable), it’s a perfect (and so caricatural) illustration of the class system in Thailand.

  5. 5 loris 4 October 2008 at 11:44 pm

    Yes, they were lucky, they found one after a month, maybe next month,another one…

  6. 6 thaichris 5 October 2008 at 5:09 am

    They got the second one already. Sunday morning Gen. Chamlong was arrested. Let’s prepare for action. And forget about reconsiliation.

    It is October again. Remember it?

  7. 7 chinesethai 5 October 2008 at 5:32 am

    I agree with ThaiCrisis. It is clearly the effort from both sides’ hardliners to screw up the talk.

    However, I do not expect any bloody violence to flare up soon although we are approaching another October Remembrance Anniversary. I still believe that any attempt from the Government to instigate clash will be dud again since the army will not cooperate as in the case of Bozo Samak.

    This boring tug of war shall continue.

  8. 8 chinesethai 5 October 2008 at 5:34 am

    Oh, and I forgot to agree with FDL. Right on, FDL! 🙂

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