Yutthasak expects more defections
- Published: 17/09/2012 at 11:55 AM
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Another group of insurgents may turn themselves in to the authorities before the end of this month, Deputy Prime Minister Yutthasak Sasiprapa said on Tuesday.
Gen Yutthasak, who is in charge of security affairs, said that of the 93 rebels who surrendered on Sept 11 to 4th Army commander Lt-Gen Udomchai Thammasarorach only three were subject to legal proceedings under the Criminal Procedures Act. The rest were found to have only violated the emergency decree.
Some of them had already received the penalties due under the law for their offences, he said.
Gen Yutthasak said he had instructed Lt-Gen Udomchai to explain to the people the steps he had taken to bring the insurgents around to defecting to the authorities, because some people still believed the defections last week were a set-up.
He said he had been told by governors of the southern border provinces that another group of rebels might turn themselves in before the end of this month.
Howeveer, this group of insurgents might not surrender to the military, but to the provincial authorities. If things went as planned, he would travel to the South to receive them himself, Gen Yutthasak said.
Gen Yutthasak said he had ordered Lt-Gen Udomchai to attend.the meeting to be chaired by Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra at Government House tomorrow to discuss ways of tackling problems in the South. Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and the party's southern MPs will also take part in the talks.
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