Former senator and Yellow shirt activist Karun Sai-ngam agreed to leave his pickup to hear police charges related to airport closure after a police enlisted locksmith opened the door of the vehicle, the 24-hour standoff.
Mr Karun is under arrest for his role in the seizure of the Thai capital’s Suvarrabhumi and Don Mueang airports in late 2008 by the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), the so-called Yellow Shirts, in protest against the then government of Somchai Wongsawat.
The arrest warrant was issued after he did not appear when police summoned him to acknowledge the charges.
Some 30 police tried to arrest Mr Karum at his home in the northeastern province of Buri Ram when returned in his pickup at 8pm Saturday.
He refused to leave the vehicle to hear the charges, even after it was towed from Buri Ram to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) headquarters in Bangkok.
Police tried to negotiate but Mr Karun resisted, saying he wouldn’t leave his truck nor sign documents acknowledging police charges. He claimed the charges were unlawful and that he had heard the charges previously.
The police sought a warrant to search Mr Karun’s vehicle and arrest him, but the court denied the request, saying it could not order a search warrant for a pickup truck.
The court said the police had authority to arrest him under the existing warrant.
A locksmith was brought in at 7.30pm and unlocked the door in 10 minutes. Mr Karun was taken into the CSD headquarters for questioning and officially hearing the charges under the arrest warrant issued in March 2012.
Mr Karun, looking weary, rejected all charges, affirming his innocence, He refused to answer police questions, saying he would testify only before the court. He also stated that he would not request bail.
Report by : MCOT