Thai investigators to indict 25 terrorism suspects

14:31, July 29, 2010      

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The Justice Ministry's Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Thursday sought an indictment of 25 suspects on terrorism charges, the Thai News Agency (TNA) reported.

A public prosecution committee will be set up to handle the cases as there are only 12 days for the panel to work for the cases, Deputy Attorney-General Waiyawut Lotrakul said.

If the panel discovers that evidences submitted to the Office of the Attorney General are not sufficient enough for the prosecutors to indict the suspects, the cases will be returned to the DSI for additional interrogation, Waiyawut explained.

The 25 suspects, who have been charged with terrorism involving the anti-government "red shirt" protests during May-April, include ousted former Thai premier Thaksin Shinawatra.

DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said Tuesday the 25 suspects were grouped into three separate categories for the prosecution purpose: "red-shirt" core leaders, "red-shirt" guards, also known as the hard-core group, and those linked to the recent bomb attack outside the major coalition Bhum Jai Thai Party in north Bangkok, the Nation online reported.

Among the "red-shirt" core leaders include Veera Musikhapong, Natthawut Saikua, Jatuporn Prompan, and Weng Tojirakarn.

Maj-General Khattiya Sawasdipol was cut from the suspect list since he already passed away, the TNA report said.

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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