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25 December 2010 :: 15:12:07 pm 48162

DSI: Investigation of death of Japanese cameraman has not yet concluded

BANGKOK, Dec 23 - Thailand's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) chief on Friday dismissed accusation of a key Red Shirt leader that the department’s investigation accounts stated that a Japanese cameraman was killed by Thai troops during the May political disturbance, saying the investigation on the case has yet to conclude.
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The DSI chief made remarks following the claim of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) co-leader Jatuporn Prompan that he obtained a DSI report on the killing of six people sheltering at Wat Pathumwanaram near Ratchaprasong intersection and the death of Hiroyuki Muramoto, Japanese cameraman working for Britain’s Reuters news agency, which were deemed to have been done by government security personnel.

Mr Tharit however asserted, as investigator chief, that the DSI has never concluded that the troops killed the people. He said the case was sent back to the national police bureau to conduct more investigation as the fact and evidence are still insufficient.

No agency has made a conclusion on the death of the Japanese journalist, reaffirmed the DSI chief.

Mr Tharit added that the information which Mr Jatuporn presented to the public was not DSI investigation accounts, but was made up and compiled by the Red Shirt leader himself, an action which was considered as making false evidence to convince the investigators to believe that the offense had been conducted.

He said Mr Jatuporn could face up to a two year jail term for presenting false information, according to the investigator chief.

“The DSI will also file further charge against Mr Jatuporn for disclosing confidential documents if he claimed the information he obtained was the DSI investigation accounts,” stated Mr Tharit.

With Mr Jatuporn’s latest moves, Mr Tharit said the investigators agreed that the Red Shirt leader meddled with the evidence and justice process, intentionally distorted information to cause the public misunderstanding and damage to the country, as well as slandered state officials.

“As investigator chief, I will seek court approval again on Monday to withdraw the bail of Mr Jatuporn because he continued his movement while being released on bail,” said Mr Tharit.

DSI earlier sought court approval to revoke bail of the UDD core leader saying he had threatened the department’s witness and slandered concerned authorities but the Criminal Court rejected the petition.

Mr Jatuporn was the only Red Shirt leader, apart from former UDD chairperson Veera Musikapong, who has been released on bail as he has parliamentary immunity.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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