Offer planned for Thai "red-shirt" in exchange for revealing masterminds

21:41, July 21, 2010      

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The Justice Ministry's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) plans to give an offer to arrested "red-shirt" guard Surachai Thewarat in exchange for him to reveal the masterminds of major incidents during the recent "red-shirt" rallies, DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said on Wednesday.

The Bangkok Post's website reported that DSI investigators are going to visit Surachai, who has been detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison, in the next day or two days, and will offer that his one-month-old baby girl be protected and his wife and mother be spared as witnesses in illegal arms trading case, Tharit said.

Surachai was arrested in the central Lop Buri province last week for allegedly being involved in terrorism acts during the recent "red-shirt" protests.

The terrorim acts include a series of RPG attacks on the Dusit Thani Hotel and Lumpini police station, and the firing of an M-79 grenades at the BTS station at Sala Daeng and attacking crowds at Silom Road. All of these attacked places are located in central Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.

Also, the DSI has claimed that it conducted a sting operation to buy weapons from Surachai and four accomplices before he was arrested.

Surachai's wife was the one, who received 60,000 baht (1,858.14 U.S. dollars), which the DSI officials paid for the weapons during the sting operation, according to Tharit.

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

Source: Xinhua


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