Red shirts, black shirts

20 04 2015

PPT read with interest a Khaosod story that states that the military dictatorship has released “Narin Ambuathong, aka M Redshirt, was arrested by military officers on 11 April on suspicion of plotting a car bomb at Central Festival Samui shopping mall…”.

Readers will recall that the military nabbed Narin after the blast, which they immediately blamed on red shirts or political powers of the past, while discounting southern insurgents. Anti-democrat Suthep Thaugsuban, hiding in a monastery, going further and fingering Thaksin Shinawatra.

With Narin cleared, what does the regime now say? According to the report, Pol.Lt.Gen. Prawut Thawornsiri, spokesperson of the police, says the “police are close to arresting the perpetrator of the car bomb.” He adds:

“We cannot identify the perpetrator, but we are close to issuing an arrest warrant,” Pol.Lt.Gen. Prawut. “I cannot say whether the perpetrator is still in Thailand, because we have not detained the person. But I am confident that we will be able to arrest all perpetrators involved in the attack.”

He added, “We are looking at the evidence to expand the investigation. I cannot divulge in-depth information to you right now, because it may affect the case.”

We can hardly wait to read the next installment.

Meanwhile, those accused by the military junta’s top cop of being black shirts or men in black, have had their court appearance delayed for a fourth time. Why? According to the report citing the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, the “postponement is due to a disagreement between the public prosecutor and the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), who is overseeing the investigation of the case…. The prosecutors found that the evidence to file terrorism charges against the five is insufficient, but the … DSI … decided to press these charges.”

In earlier reports, initial police claims were retracted, even after the police attempted to fit the suspects up and link them to red shirt activists.

We can hardly wait for the next installment.


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