More on DSI-army collusion

28 02 2011

The BBC has more on the story regarding the death of Reuters cameraman Hiroyuki Muramoto. For PPT’s earlier post, see here.

Noting that: “Critics say the investigations into how 89 people died in last year’s protests have been hurt by interference,” the report details the strange but not unexpected machinations on Hiroyuki’s murder and the army and DSI collusion.

It recalls that the Japanese reporter “died from a bullet through his chest,” and that the earlier DSI report found that the bullet was “fired by an M16 from an army-held position that night. Witnesses from the scene agreed.”

This led to the military being “unhappy with that finding and army sources have told reporters that a military officer was assigned to help the DSI’s investigation.  The result is this new finding – that an AK47 fired the deadly shot, and that soldiers that night were not using AK47s.” This changed finding apparently results from “a fresh look only at the photos of the wounds suffered by Mr Muramoto.”

The BBC says that the journalist’s employer, “Reuters has noted what it called the apparent contradiction between the earlier and later reports. Editor in chief Stephen Adler said it was imperative that full transparency be brought to the investigation.”

Meanwhile, the Bangkok Post reports that DSI boss Tharit Pengdit claims his agency has “submitted investigation reports on 89 people, including Hiroyuki Muramoto, a Reuters News Agency cameraman, killed during the political unrest last year to the Metropolitan Police Bureau.”

Thairit  claims the “DSI has consistently reported on the progress of this case to the Japanese embassy and we welcome any Japanese authorities who want to take part in the investigation…”. If reports are submitted, hasn’t DSI completed its investigations?

It seems that the DSI has gone out and recruited its own forensic adviser, despite the existence of forensic science investigators being long available to DSI. Former “police forensic science chief Amporn Jarujinda … [who] has reviewed a report on the cameraman’s autopsy, said the bullet wound found on Muramoto was large and forensic police did not detect any lead residue inside it. All this indicated the bullet calibre must have been at least 7 millimetres, which suggested that the man was probably killed by a shot from a 7.62mm AK-47 assault rifle, a 9mm Nato weapon or an SKS semi-automatic rifle…”.

Does this make any sense to readers? All PPT can ascertain is that the army’s sniper rifles use 7.62mm ammunition.


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