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12 July 2010 :: 16:07:44 pm 30575

Explosive Substances Found at Home of Bombing Suspect

Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Monday revealed that an unknown quantity of explosive material has been found at the residence of one of the Bhumjaithai bombing suspects. Investigations continued following the deportation of two suspects by Cambodian authorities last week.
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Bangkok, the 12th of July 2010: DSI Director General Tharit Pengdit stated that police had searched the home of Miss Varissareeya Boonsom, a suspect in the Bhumjaithai party bombing, finding traces of RDX explosives in several locations.

The searches were conducted based on the testimony of Miss Boonsom, who revealed that the explosive devices were made at her residence. She has since insisted that she had no direct involvement in the bombing and merely gave shelter to the other arrested suspects. Although, police have since found a notebook with handwritten bomb-making instructions in her baggage.

Miss Boonsom was arrested, along with Mr. Korbchai Boonplod, by Cambodian authorities and deported back to Thailand over their alleged involvement in the June 22 Bhumjaithai Party headquarters bombing. Red Shirt lawyer, Karom Ponthaklang, has reportedly withdrawn as Miss Boonsom’s legal counsel over concerns expressed by still incarcerated Red Shirt leaders and the opposition Puea Thai Party.

Meanwhile, the DSI chief revealed that the department has listed so far 231 cases: 131 as terrorism, 20 as threats to the state, 20 as threats to state officials and public and 15 arms-related cases. Investigations into nine cases have been completed and prosecutors have issued seven indictments. Among 562 suspects, 194 have been arrested, 367 are still fugitive and one has since died.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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