2010 Thaksin's Terrorism
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( Last edit 2010-05-04 )
On April 29, 2010, at 20:20., at the 11th Infantry Regiment, Police Lieutenant General Songpol Wattanachai, Deputy Commander of Metropolitan Police Command Centre, and Police Lieutenant General Wisoot Chatjayadej, Deputy Commander of Pathumthani Provincial Police Command Centre and Representative of Regional Provincial Police Commander, jointly gave a press conference on the progress of the cases against the detainees arrested for violating the Emergency Decree. The following is the synopsis of the press conference.
The Deputy Metropolitan Police Commander first gave an update on the progress of cases against those arrested for violating the Emergency Decree. The Metropolitan Police has arrested several violators in many districts.
Don Muang Police Station has arrested eight protesters, seven of which have confessed. The Southern Criminal Court handed a guilty verdict to the defendants, who would be immediately sentenced for 4 months, if not for their confessions that made the court decided to reduce the sentence to 2 months. Thung Song Hong Police Station has arrested seven suspects, all of whom refused to confess. They are now in transit to a new detention centre, and the court has authorised them to be detained for another 6 days. Pathumwan Police Station has arrested 6 suspects for violating the Emergency Decree, all of whom have confessed. The court has sentenced them to 15-day jail term and confiscated the evidence that is a vehicle if the suspects. Din Dang Police Station has arrested 2 suspects, both of whom refused to confess. The court has ordered to be transferred to a new detention centre, where they would be detained for another 6 days.
Regarding the arrest of Police Sergeant Major Prinya Maneekot of Kukot Provincial Station Police, on April 27, 2010, at 16:30. The traffic police joined forces with the military in setting up a checkpoint in inbound side of the Vipawadee Rangsit Road, in front of the Don Muang Air Base. There appeared a man on a vehicle approaching the checkpoint but he diverted and later abandoned the vehicle, after he saw the checkpoint. After the authorities searched the vehicle, and 62 M79 grenades were found, and the identity card of Police Sergeant Major Prinya Maneekot, which was accidentally dropped near the scene, was also found. At 8 P.M., the authorities searched the residence of Prinya Maneekot but found no one there, although two guns were found. The police received information from the patrol unit that outside the residence, there was another car, in red colour, parked. The authorities and forensic officials jointly searched the car and found guns and parts of guns inside, as well as several kinds of bullets.
There had been an all-night attempt to arrest Prinya, and finally authorities found Police Sergeant Major Prinya on the run to Nakorn Nayok Province and brought him to interrogate. Police Sergeant Major Prinya finally confessed that he bought the weapons and will resell it to customers. The investigation of the network of those involved is on-going. As for Police Sergeant Major Prinya, the Pathumthani Provincial Police has ordered the dismissal of Police Sergeant Major Prinya from the police force.
On May 1, 2010 at 20.15, Col. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, CRES spokesperson, and Pol.Maj.Gen.Bunsong Panichattra, Assistant Commander of the Metropolitan Police, spoke to the press following the CRES meeting chaired by Minister of Defense. Gist is as follows.
The meeting discussed the Red Shirts’ intrusion into Chulalongkorn Hospital on 29 April 2010 which has obviously raised widespread public condemnation and deep concerns on the safety of both medical personnel and patients. Since Chulalongkorn Hospital is part of Thai Red Cross which is a member of International Committee on the Red Cross (ICRC), due to ICRC rules and regulations, the hospital shall strictly maintain its neutrality for all. The occupation of the hospital’s premises or threatening its medical staff is unacceptable. With respect to the ICRC practices, Col.Sansern reaffirmed that the government has no policy to deploy any military personnel inside the hospital as previously accused by the UDD’s leaders.
However, for the safety of the hospital’s staff and patients, PM Abhisit Vejjajiva has today ordered the Metropolitan Police to 1) dispatch police officers from Pathumwan Police Station to be on guard at the hospital and 2) open access to the hospital by clearing blockades set up by Red Shirt demonstrators out of Saladaeng Intersection and Ratchadamri Road.
As of briefing time, the police has successfully negotiated with demonstrators for them to partly move out of the hospital’s main entrance gate on Ratchadamri Road. Further negotiation will be resumed with an aim to have those blockades completely removed out of the target areas.
Col.Sansern stressed that the police operation at Chulalongkorn Hospital should not be interpreted as the Government’s intention to dissolve or disperse the demonstration at Ratchaprasong Intersection.
At 17:20, on May 3, 2010, at press center of the Center for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES), Mr. Tharit Peangdit, Director General of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Khunying Pornthip Rojanasunan, Director of the Central Institute of Forensic Science, Ministry of Justice, representative of the Royal Thai Police, and CRES’s operational team gave press briefing on the preliminary outcomes of today’s arrest and confiscation of several armaments and explosives linked to recent incidents of violence.
Some of these confiscated exhibits are: three M.67 explosives, five M.26 explosives, M.79 explosives, M.16 and AK-47 assault rifles and cartridges, carbine firearms, giant firecrackers, 107 Molotov cocktails/petrol bombs, slingshots and marbles, several signs, symbols, and gadgetry of the UDD, and the UDD’s propaganda campaign CDs.
This arrest and confiscation of weapons followed a series of investigations after the April 10 incident, where a military helicopter was shot, injuring Col. Mana Prinyasiri. From that incident, assistant national police chief, Pol. Lt. Gen. Asawin Kwanmuang and the special operations team have made arrests and conducted investigations that are being finalized.
The confiscated weapons, still under forensic examination, are the same types as those used in recent incidents. The site of the confiscation—which was implemented in one single arrest earlier this morning—the names of suspects, and other details relating to this case cannot be revealed at this stage, as it might affect the investigation procedures. However, all relevant details will be provided to the public at the earliest possible time. More details will be forthcoming in a few hours.
As for the sources of weapons, some cartridges and bullets were presumably stolen from government agencies while some military masks were stolen during the previous clash with the military. Investigations are ongoing to determine the source of explosives based on their serial numbers.
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