Updated: Another Chamlong victory?

14 02 2011

The Bangkok Post reports that “Pol Lt Gen Somyot Phumphanmuang, an assistant police chief who headed a team investigating the seizure of Bangkok commercial airports by the PAD in 2008, yesterday told reporters he had resigned as the investigation leader.”

This announcement follows PAD leader Chamlong Srimuang’s filing of a “lawsuit with the Civil Court, demanding 220 million baht in compensation plus 7.5% annual interest from Pol Lt Gen Somyot for charging him with terrorism.”

Somyot says that he actually resigned on 11 February, before the Chamlong suit. Somyot stated that he “wrote in the letter that he had been under pressure from several groups since being appointed to head the investigation team. His involvement in the case had affected his family and close friends, and so he asked the police chief to find a replacement.”

Another victory for the grizzled, grinning old man and his PAD?

Update: The Bangkok Post reports that “police spokesman Prawut Thavornsiri announced that no replacement would be appointed  for assistant police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang, who has resigned as chief investigator handling the cases against the PAD, since the investigation has been completed.” The police claim that: “All that remains to be done is for police to forward their investigation report to the prosecutors for indictment…”.


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