Updated: DSI on the job

3 09 2010

Following its pathetic report a week or so ago on the deaths of 91 people, mainly red-shirt protesters,  associated with the Battle for Bangkok in April and May 2010, the “Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has set up 12 investigation teams to seek facts on the 89 deaths…”. It might help if they could get the number right. So DSI is now really on the job as opposed to pretending to be on the job before this?

MCOT News states that Tharit Pengdit, the boss of Thailand’s political police known as DSI, has told reporters that DSI will have a result in 45 days.There is another press conference promised for the end of this new period of investigation.

Tharit claims that his 12 teams of investigators will focus on 12 incidents, with the greatest attention to “high-profile cases involving six people shot dead at Wat Pathumwanaram near Ratchaprasong intersection, the main protest venue; the death of Maj-Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol or Seh Daeng, an Army specialist general; Japanese photographer Hiro Muramoto and Italian reporter Fabio Polenghi.”

In the theater of the absurd that is Thailand’s current politics, “Tharit said the investigators would try to find out who killed the victims and how they were killed.” PPT wonders what they were investigating up to this point? We realize that lese majeste cases take up much of Tharit’s time, but this seems like an empty-headed statement. That is followed by an assurance that: “No specific results have been determined in advance … adding that the DSI wanted to establish the truth, without distortion, and reveal the facts to the public.”

Update: Tharit is under pressure elsewhere. Read about it in the Bangkok Post.


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9 09 2010
Suspicious bombs « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] royalist illegality, the politicization of the Department of Special Investigation and its remarkable failures, and the military enjoys the monetary fruits of its coup-making in a very public and corrupt manner […]




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