Army chief to head a meeting on Monday to discuss security for Aug 25

Army Commander-in-Chief General Chalermchai Sitthisart, in his capacity as secretary-general of the National Council for Peace and Order, will hold a meeting with officials in charge of security affairs on Monday (Aug 21) to discuss security measures for Aug 25 when the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Offices is due to deliver verdicts on rice pledging case and on G-to-G rice deal.

However, police will be in charge of maintaining law and order with about 3,000 men to be deployed at and around the court.

The army, meanwhile, denied that the army drill in Pa Sang district of Lamphun was not intended to intimidate villagers there from travelling to Bangkok to give moral support to Ms Yingluck.

Lt-Col Chalermpol Sritha, commander of the 1st infantry battalion of the 7th infantry regiment, said the drill was designed to train the troops to be familiar with the environment there which is similar to the environment in the Deep South.

Lt-Gen Wichak Siribansop, commander of the Third Army Region, assured that the army did not have any plan to block Ms Yingluck's supporters to travel to the court on Aug 25.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)