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29 January 2009 :: 08:01:36 am 39266

Singer Arrested in Santika New Year’s Blaze

BANGKOK, Jan 27 (TNA) - Thai authorities have arrested the singer of the band "Burn" after police investigators determined that he lighted the firework, that triggered the catastrophic New Year‘s fire at the countdown party at the Santika Club, killing 66 people and injuring hundreds more.
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The arrest warrant issued against singer Sarawut Ariya, charged him with negligence causing death, serious injuries and damage to property with a possible maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment. Bail was set at one million baht (28,650 dollars).

Deputy National Police Commissioner Gen. Jongrak Juthanont said that Mr. Sarawut had denied all charges, saying he will fight the case in court.

The police said according to witnesses, Mr. Sarawut set alight the fireworks and that the flames shot upward some eight to ten metres. In less than 30 seconds, the blaze, which gutted the pub, started.

According to the witnesses, the special effects planned during the countdown party extended less than five metres in height.

Gen. Jongrak said that the case involved six suspects. Mr. Sarawut was detained at Thonglor police station, awaiting.

Meanwhile Gen. Jongrak also said he ordered investigation into a comment from the Ministry of Justice that a senior police officer was a partner in the Santika Club, which might be linked to the question of why the Santika Club was not usually visited by police even though some of its operations were illegal. (TNA)

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Thailand News

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