In The Nation there is a story regarding apparently more leaked documents from the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) that again “appear to place the blame for most of the deaths in the April-May military crackdown firmly on the military.” It is not immediately clear if these documents are different from those earlier leaked to Reuters. It may be the same set of reports, although The Nation appears to provide additional details.
The Nation claims that this “set of documents, purported to be investigation reports by the DSI, covered the deaths of 16 people killed in demonstrations between April and May. The reports conclude that the deaths of at least 13 of these victims were ‘likely caused by soldiers’…”.
The Nation says it received the reports “from a reliable source who asked not to be identified, [and] were cross-checked and confirmed as being authentic by at least one witness, German photographer Nicolas Nostitz, who was interrogated by the DSI.” Like the earlier reports obtained by Reuters, these “10 case reports covering 16 deaths include a DSI conclusion that the death of Japanese photographer Hiroyuki Muramoto of Reuters News Agency on April 10 ‘likely occurred from the actions of Army officer(s) acting on their duty”. Likewise for “three of six deaths at Wat Pathum Wanaram on the evening of May 19…”.
The source of the leaked document “told The Nation that all the files, both in Thai and English, would be uploaded on a yet-to-be-identified site by today.”
Update 1: Apparently the leaking of DSI reports is motivating red shirt protests. The Nation reports on about “300 red-shirt people staged a noisy protest in front of the 3rd Special Warfare Regiment Friday morning. The protesters cited the leaked reports of the Department of Special Investigation as the cause for the protest.” The protesters “shouted loudly that troops killed innocent people. Some shouted that troops were trained just to kill people. They laid black wreaths with the names of Army chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha and some troops mentioned by the DSI reports in front of the regiment. They earlier laid black wreaths with the names of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban and DSI Director-General Tharit Pengdit in front of the provincial hall.”
Update 2: The DSI remains miffed by their leakiness. In The Nation it is reported that DSI boss Tharit has decided to further attack Puea Thai Party politician and red shirt leader. The logic is that the DSI will file additional charges “related to his recent attempts to sway the investigation by fabricating evidence and making false remarks, DSI director general Tharit Pengdit said yesterday. Tharit was speaking in reference to Jatuporn’s involvement in distributing what he claimed to be the leaked DSI reports in connection with riots in April and May.” Tharit comes up with this little piece of nonsense: “Since Jatuporn admitted himself he did not get the reports from DSI, this is tantamount to a confession to fabricating evidence…”. Did we say “logic”? There’s more here too.