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OCCUPY BANGKOK: Arrest of three armed Navy Seal troopers carrying with them VIP security guards issued by the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thai

January 16, 2014

THAI PBS

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The Center for the Administration of Peace and Order (CAPO) head Surapong Tovichakchaikul today ordered the defense permanent secretary to probe into the arrest of three armed Navy Seal troopers carrying with them VIP security guards issued by the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand (NSPRT), a hardcore anti-government movement.

Surapong said CAPO would order the defense permanent secretary Gen Nipat Thonglek to ask the Navy about the case.

The metropolitan police arrested the three elite troopers of the Navy for possession of weapons and VIP cards issued by NSPRT. But their superior denied their involvement in the protest.

The three Navy Seal troopers were stopped at a police checkpoint on Krungkasem road while in a pickup truck shortly after midnight.

They were identified as Lieutenant Pairat Plai-ngarm, Petty Officers Banlang Kantapol and Pailin Pothi.

Seized from the three Seals are three 9 mm pistols, 3 silencers, 72 9 mm cartridges, a bullet-proof jacket, and three VIP cards issued by NSPR and an official document certified their drug suppression mission.

Pol Col Krailert Buakaew, deputy commander of Bureau 1 of the Metropolitan Police, said the three suspects drove in a pickup truck with fake license plate but official vehicle.

The trio claimed that they were on a narcotics investigation mission and they have the special VIP cards of the NSPR because they needed to have special access to the area to carry on their mission.

Their superior Vice Admiral Winai Klom-in, commander of the Navy’s Seal Unit arrived at Nang Lerng police station last night to confirm they are members of the SEAL unit and assured that they were on a narcotic investigation mission.

He also said the VIP cards were issued to facilitate their investigation and travel.

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