153 red-shirts-related cases to be processed: Thai investigation chief

11:14, June 15, 2010      

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A total of 153 cases related to the anti-government protests by the red-shirts have been transferred to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), with 73 of them terrorism cases, said its chief Tharit Pengdit on Monday.

Bangkok Post online quoted Tharit as saying that besides 73 terrorism cases, there are 18 cases involving threats against the government, 50 attacks on civilians and government officials, and 12 destroying state armaments.

Central Institute of Forensic Science director Porntip Rojanasunan said autopsies on the six people found dead inside the Pathumwanaram temple compound following the red-shirt rally last month had revealed that they were killed by high-velocity bullets, and the direction from which the bullets were fired at three of the victims is now clear, she said.

Porntip said she will work with the police to check and compare the DNAs and physical evidence again.

Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) acting secretary-general Seehanat Prayoonrat said his agency had found that more than 150 billion baht (about 4.63 billion U.S. dollars) were used to fund the two-month demonstration of red-shirts.

He said the AMLO were tracing the related financial transactions.

Not more than 50 have been charged with terrorism. Of them, 20 have already turned themselves in to the police, according to a report by Bangkok Post Saturday.

The government said during the chronic red-shirts rally there were terrorists infiltrated into the protesters.

The red-shirts and the security forces clashed on April 10 and May 13-19, leaving 88 dead and about 2,000 injured, most of them civilians. Some hard-core red-shirts made dozens of arson attacks across Bangkok and other provinces after their leaders announced an end to the rally and turned themselves in on May 19.

The red-shirts, most of them supporters of the ex-premier Thaksin shinawatra, staged a mass rally in Bangkok on March 14, urging Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva to dissolve the House and to hold a snap election.

Source: Xinhua


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