Pattaya Daily News

22 June 2010 :: 11:06:23 am 26649

Government Reveals Progress of Terrorism Investigations

Thailand’s Ministry of Justice on Monday revealed the progress of terrorism investigations by several departments, namely to do with the arrest and trial of nearly 500 suspects involved with the May 19 violence and destruction which plagued the capital.
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Bangkok, the 21st of June 2010 [Pattaya Daily News]: Accordingly, Thailand’s Ministry of Justice revealed that 113 people have been preliminarily charged with suspected terrorism and infringing upon or breaching the State of Emergency decree. Approximately 321 persons wanted for interrogation are still fugitive almost a month since the end to the 2-month long anti-government protests in Bangkok.

The 10-week long demonstrations by the anti-government Red Shirt group concluded in death and destruction on May 19th as a military operation was enacted to clear the protesters from Bangkok’s central business district. Throughout the 2-month long protest, 89 people lost their lives whilst some 1,900 were injured.

In Monday’s press conference three key divisional chiefs, Justice Minister Colonel Fuengwit Anirutdeva, Department of Special Investigations (DSI) director-general Tharit Pengdit and Rights and Liberties Protection Department deputy chief Pasit Asawawattanaporn, met to reveal the progress of their departments investigations and details about the judicial and compensational proceedings.

Accordingly, Colonel Anirutdeva revealed that some 155 ‘special cases’ are being investigated, whilst there were 482 people accused. Amongst them, 161 have been arrested and a further 321 remain on the run from authorities. Only 4 cases has since been concluded and forwarded to prosecutors, a month after the anti-government rallies came to an end.

Detainees are currently being remanded between two Bangkok prisons, 37 at the notorious Klong Prem Central Prison and 67 at Bangkok Remand Prison. Nine female suspects are being detained at the Central Women’s Correctional Institution in the capital.

Director-general Pengdit revealed that the DSI, under the direction of the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES), had been vigilantly investigating financial irregularities involved with the Red Shirt protesters, amounting to 83 people and businesses. Working with the Anti-Money Laundering Office and the Revenue Department, the DSI have been attempting to positively verify the transactions of those suspected of having financially backed the Red Shirt movement.

At present the 83 suspects have merely been called in for questioning or to provide evidence of the transactions, whilst the DSI revealed it had set up 8 working committees to investigate the dealings. The process is estimated to take 60 days. Director-general Pengdit however reiterated that the 83 persons and are not yet considered as being accused, but only as “persons with unusual financial transactions.”

Deputy Chief of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department Mr. Asawawattanaporn revealed at the conference that the operations center, setup in response to the emergency situation, has been serving those affected by the political protests and the inherent destructive conclusion “round the clock.” Allegedly 53 victims and criminal offenders have already applied for financial assistance, with 8 applications already having been approved.

Any victims, people or businesses unduly affected by the 2-month long political protests in the capital are urged to come forth to the Rights and Liberties Protection Department to seek compensation for the damages that they may have incurred as a result of the crisis.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : Politics News

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