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No concerns yet about Yingluck verdict

Aug 01. 2017
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By The Nation

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National police chief Pol General Chakthip Chaijinda has no concerns about the political situation leading up to judgment day for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in the court case related to her rice-pledging scheme.

Yingluck has been charged with negligence for allegedly failing to prevent corruption and irregularities in the scheme. The court is set to deliver its verdict on August 25.

Chakthip said on Tuesday that, so far, there were no reports indicating a mass mobilisation on the day. However, he had assigned deputy police chief General Srivara Rangsipramanakul to evaluate the situation and decide whether to adjust the security plan. 

The police chief said concerned agencies were communicating and creating mutual understanding with the leaders of Yingluck’s supporters.

“Intelligence officials are also monitoring [their movements],” he said.

Meanwhile, Chaktip said police estimated that fewer than 1,000 people showed up in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday to show support for Yingluck as she delivered her final statement to the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division on Political Office Holders.

“Everything is in order. But I warn that they [supporters] should not do anything risky to violate the laws,” he said.

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