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11 August 2009 :: 00:08:19 am 33196

Court Issues Another Warrant In Sondhi Case

BANGKOK, Aug 10 - Thailand's Criminal Court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for a new suspect in the attempt on the life of People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul.
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Mr Sondhi, a veteran media entrepreneur and political activist who played a key role in campaigning to oust then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, culminating in the September 2006 coup d’etat, survived a serious attempt to kill him in an April 17 ambush.

The court approved a warrant for Segeant Somchai Bunnag, from the Special Warfare Command at Erawan Camp in Lop Buri, the same military camp of another suspect who was earlier the subject of an arrest warrant.

All three suspects face related charges in the attempted killing, including the possession of firearms and explosives in a public place without official permission.

The court earlier issued arrest warrants for two non-commissioned officers for their alleged involvement in the attempt on Mr. Sondhi?s life.

The two suspects still at large are identified as Sgt-Maj.1st Class Panya Sri-hrao, a non-commissioned officer from the Special Warfare Command in Lop Buri and Pol. Cpl. Worawut Mungsanthi, assigned to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) in Bangkok.

Pol Cpl Worawut earlier sent a letter to Pol Gen Thanee denying involvement in the attack. While a lawyer representing Sgt-Maj 1st Class Panya filed the suit against investigators for malfeasance but the criminal court dismissed the case, saying that investigators have full authority to carry out an investigation and collect all possible evidence to find a culprit and to prove their guilt or innocence. (TNA)

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BANGKOK, Aug 10 (TNA)  Thailand’s yellow-shirted political activists the People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) plan to file a criminal complaint against red-shirted anti-government activists seeking a royal pardon for self-exiled former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, saying the move is intended to avoid confrontation between supporters and opponents of the campaign.

The PAD charged that the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) was trying to help the convicted prime minister escape the punishment assigned by the country’s legal system.

 

 

  

 

   PAD plans lawsuit against pro-Thaksin petitioners

PAD spokesman Panthep Pourpongpan said PAD lawyer Suwat Apaisak will distribute a complaint letter to the public when filing the group’s complaint against the UDD leaders.

Court issues another warrant in Sondhi case BANGKOK, Aug 10 (TNA) – Thailand’s Criminal Court on Monday issued an arrest warrant for a new suspect in the attempt on the life of People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul. Mr Sondhi, a veteran media entrepreneur and political activist who played a key role in campaigning to oust then prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, culminating in the September 2006 coup d’etat, survived a serious attempt to kill him in an April 17 ambush. The court approved a warrant for Segeant Somchai Bunnag, from the Special Warfare Command at Erawan Camp in Lop Buri, the same military camp of another suspect who was earlier the subject of an arrest warrant. All three suspects face related charges in the attempted killing, including the possession of firearms and explosives in a public place without official permission. The court earlier issued arrest warrants for two non-commissioned officers for their alleged involvement in the attempt on Mr. Sondhi’s life. The two suspects still at large are identified as Sgt-Maj.1st Class Panya Sri-hrao, a non-commissioned officer from the Special Warfare Command in Lop Buri and Pol. Cpl. Worawut Mungsanthi, assigned to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) in Bangkok. Pol Cpl Worawut earlier sent a letter to Pol Gen Thanee denying involvement in the attack. While a lawyer representing Sgt-Maj 1st Class Panya filed the suit against investigators for malfeasance but the criminal court dismissed the case, saying that investigators have full authority to carry out an investigation and collect all possible evidence to find a culprit and to prove their guilt or innocence. (TNA) The letter will be also available online for downloading.

The PAD will file a criminal complaint against Veera Musikapong, Jatuporn Prompan and Nattawut Saikua, who initiated the signature collection campaign to seek a royal pardon for Mr Thaksin, Mr Panthep said, accusing the UDD leaders of helping a convicted felon to avoid punishment and contempt of court.

He also warned that petitioners will face up to seven years imprisonment if they do not withdraw their names from the petition.

The PAD spokesman noted that Mr Thaksin?s family members and close relatives, as well as the UDD core leaders, failed to join the signature-collection campaign as they may have known that the move might violate the law, so they instead persuaded innocent people to add their endorsements.

Mr Panthep claimed that some PAD supporters in the provinces showed interest in joining the move to file complaints to the police.

Mr Thaksin, ousted in a coup in 2006, was sentenced in absentia last October by a Bangkok court to two years imprisonment for abuse of power by helping his then wife acquiring a parcel of prime Bangkok commercial property at a far below market price. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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