Five members of the so-called mysterious “Men in Black” who battled with troops at Kok Wua intersection near the Democracy Monument during the red-shirt protests in April 2010 resulting to the death of Romklao Phuvatham have been arrested by police.
Pol Gen Somyos Poompanmuang, deputy national police chief, told the media that the five suspects who identities were withheld confessed during the police interrogation that they were involved in the shooting of army troops and civilians near the Democracy Monument on April 10 at the height of the red-shirt protests against the Abhisit government.
The battle resulted to several troops of being killed, including Colonel Romklao who was posthumously promoted as a general, and also injured.
Pol Gen Somyos said the five were initially charged with possessing, carrying in public and using war weapons. Police are still looking for two more members of the “Men in Black”, he added.
The deputy police chief continued saying that since the case against the “Men in Black” was being investigated by the Department of Special Investigation, the police would notify the DSI of its intention to join the investigation. thai pbs
“NO BLACK MEN ON RED SHIRT PROTESTERS “:) SEE 1TH ROW
Thailand: The rescue operation made by #AAT and the multidisciplinary team on Saturday was a success!
Last Saturday, August 2, 2014, in Prachinburi province, AAT were able to rescued 40 women and girls, who were #trafficked from #sexual #exploitation, from 5 karaoke bars/brothels and one hotel. Of this number, 31 are Laotian nationalities and 9 are Thai citizens. We were also able to arrest 7 suspects, who are owners, traffickers, and workers of karaoke bars and a hotel.
The operation was made together with 12 Military Circle, Department of Special Investigation (DSI), Prachinburi Provincial Social Development and Human Security Office, Bureau of Anti-Trafficking in Women and Children, and the Labor Rights Promotion Network Foundation (LPN).
PDRC core leaders to turn themselves in to DSI this Monday, 26 May 2014 Earlier today, top leader Isara Somchai ในวันจันทร์) stated that he intended to turn himself in to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) along with Wittaya Kaewparadai, another top leader, on 26 May 2014. Neither have been summoned by the National Peace and Order Maintaining Council (NPOMC). They would coordinate with the other PDRC leaders subject to CAPO arrest warrants, who also planned to turn themselves in to DSI officials at Chaeng Wattana on Monday morning, and would request that the DSI turn them over to the relevant court. The PDRC leaders hope to demonstrate that none of them pose any flight risks. In addition, they intend to defend their cases through legal channels. Khun Isara noted that he was currently waiting to contact those core leaders who were still with NPOMC so necessary preparations relating to bail requests could be undertaken.
update : they try to start arrest tonight, as when no security guard around the leader.
The Criminal Court endorsed the issuance of arrest warrants against 30 core members of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee and the Network of Students and People for the Reform of Thailand.
The court however dismissed the Department of Special Investigation’s request for the arrest warrants of 13 other core members on the ground that they have already been indicted and are currently freed on bail.
Facing the arrest are Sathit Wongnongtoei, Chumpol Julasai, Putthipong Punnakan, Issara Somchai, Witthaya Kaewparadai, Thavorn Senniam, Natthapol Teepsuwan, Aekkanat Promphan, Nitithorn Lumlua, Uthai Yodmanee, General Preecha Iamsuwan, Yossak Kosaikanont, Pol Lt-Col Supawat Supiyapanich, Ms Chitpas Kridagara, Sombat Thamrongtunyawong, Chermsak Pinthong, Seri Wongmontha, Kittisak Prokkati, Thanom Onkatepol, Buddha Isara, Satish Segal, Komsan Thongsiri, Munman Kakandee, Prakobkit Inthong, Nasser Yeema, Pansuwan Na Kaew, Mrs Rangsima Rodrasamee, Mrs Taya Teepsuwan, Air Marshal Watchara Ruetthakanee and Admiral Aekachai Suwanparb.
The court however warned the police and DSI that they were empowered to detain the 30 suspects for a period deemed necessary to indict them in the court.
Earlier, DSI chief Tarit Pengdit said that the Arintharat special police force and police paratroopers would be deployed to arrest the protest leaders once the court endorsed their arrest warrants.
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