Deadly army bullets

19 06 2012

Readers will be interested in a report at the Bangkok Post which has police investigators confirming that “five of the six people killed at Wat Pathum Wanaram during the crackdown on red shirts on May 19, 2010 were shot with bullets normally used by military forces.”

Testifying in court, the deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau’s Division 6, said: “the bullets were .223 calibre, which are used with M16 and Tavor rifles, which are for military use. All of the victims were shot from an elevated spot…”.

While queueing up to use a temple toilet, Suwan Sriraksa, 30, a farmer was shot. Atthachai Chumchan, 28, a law school graduate was shot while crossing the road to the temple. Rop Suksathit, 66, a driver and Mongkol Khemthong, 36, a rescue worker, were shot at the temple entrance. Akkahad, 25, a volunteer nurse; and Akkharadej Khankaew, 22, a day laborer “were shot while trying to flee…”.

Only Atthachai was not shot by a .223 calibre bullet and the report doesn’t say anything more about his case.

The policeman stated that his investigators team had questioned soldiers based at the Sayam Skytrain station and while they claimed so-called men in black had fired at them from the ground, “ballistic tests showed no bullets had been fired from ground level…”.

Inquests and court hearings are continuing.


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21 06 2012
No order to shoot, army didn’t kill anyone! « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Meanwhile, at the Bangkok Post, the Army bosses have decided to continue with their remarkably stupid denial that they killed anyone with their weapons. In particular, they have “insisted soldiers did not kill people at Wat Pathum Wanaram during the crackdown on red shirts on May 19, 2010 after police testifying in court had implicated the army.” […]

21 06 2012
No order to shoot, army didn’t kill anyone! « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Meanwhile, at the Bangkok Post, the Army bosses have decided to continue with their remarkably stupid denial that they killed anyone with their weapons. In particular, they have “insisted soldiers did not kill people at Wat Pathum Wanaram during the crackdown on red shirts on May 19, 2010 after police testifying in court had implicated the army.” […]

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