Bangkok — Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul on Wednesday said protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban must surrender to face charges of sedition in order to holds talks with the government on his “people’s council” ideas.
Mr Surapong, who is in charge of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order (Capo), said officials would be violating Section 114 of the Criminal Code and could be liable to three to 15 years in jail if they held talks with Mr Suthep while he was still wanted under an arrest warrant for rebellion.
The deputy prime minister also contended that Mr Suthep’s demand for a royally-bestowed prime minister to be drafted in under Section 7 of the charter is unconstitutional.
“Mr Suthep’s proposal is a figment of his imagination. He is sick and should see a doctor. He may have been under too much pressure from legal cases and the arrest warrant against him, causing his thinking to become abnormal,” said Mr Surapong according to a Bangkok Post report.
“We are glad to listen to his proposals regarding Sections 3 and 7, as long as they are within the scope of democracy and the constitution,” he said.
He also said he believed the protests would continue after the King’s birthday on December 5, and had told Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra that the barriers at various protest sites and the Internal Security Act measures would remain in place.