Thai police obtain arrest warrants for 5 men for torching commercial bank's branch in May

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Police on Thursday have obtained arrest warrants against five men for torching a commercial bank's branch in central Bangkok in mid-May during the then-political unrest, the Nation online reported.

Police have obtained the arrest warrants against the five men, who allegedly torched the Saphan Lueng Branch of the Bangkok Bank Public Company Limited (BBL) on May 19, Metropolitan Police Deputy Commissioner Pol Maj General Sumet Ruangsawat said.

Police do not know the names of the five men, but obtained the arrest warrants against them by presenting their pictures from security cameras and mobile phones to the South Bangkok District Court, Sumet said.

The BBL bank, with more than 62 years of serving customers nationwide, is Thailand's largest commercial bank and one of the largest regional banks in Southeast Asia.

On May 19 angry protesters set afire state buildings, shopping malls, and banks in capital Bangkok after their major leaders surrendered to police and announced the end of their over six-week rally at the Bangkok's prime commercial area of atchaprasong.

The death toll from a series of violent clashes between the " red-shirt" protesters and troops during March 12 to May 19 stood at 88 and some 1,885 others were wounded.

Source: Xinhua


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