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Wed, Apr 28, 2010
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Silom Attacks: Top-secret trajectory report handed to govt

THAILAND - The trajectory study of the M79-launcher grenade attacks on the BTS Saladaeng station on April 22 has been completed and provided quietly to the government, forensic scientist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand said yesterday.

She refused to provide details, saying the reports were confidential and meant only for the eyes of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and Justice Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga.

Five grenades were apparently targeted at Silom residents and vendors, who were verbally attacking the redshirt protesters camped out across the street behind a bamboo barricade.

After the attacks, Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban said the grenades had been launched from an area occupied by the red shirts, a statement the redshirt leaders dismissed as baseless.

Meanwhile, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) dismissed media speculation that it had fabricated a statement by Methee Amornwutthikul, a Pheu Thai member arrested recently with war weapons, implicating redshirt leaders' role in the April 10 violent attacks on soldiers.

Directorgeneral Tharit Phengdit said Methee had said the same thing in three interviews and progressively added more details without any intimidation by DSI agents.

"It was not quite a confession. He volunteered all the information, very proudly describing his role in an operation involving causes that he believes in. This information is invaluable to our investigation anyway," he added.

A source with the Centre for the Resolution of Emergency Situations (CRES) said arrest warrants would be issued for "those involved in illegal activities" next week, including several leaders of the Democratic Alliance against Dictatorship who organised the redshirt rally and blocked two major intersections in Bangkok since March 12.

Of the 113 people already summoned by the CRES for questioning, 62 have already turned themselves in and provided useful information, acting government spokesman Panitan Wattanayagorn said.

CRES is monitoring the use of war weapons in sabotage or attacks after intelligence reports said warweapon ammunition had been smuggled in from a neighbouring country. This is in addition to the weapons the red shirts seized from soldiers in several confrontations.

Police had said earlier that a Sunday night bomb attack in front of veteran politician Banharn Silapaarcha's Bangkok home would not be taken over by the DSI, because it was a criminal attack aimed at an individual, not a crime that can be regarded as an act of terrorism.

Police said they could not yet tell if this attack was linked to or masterminded by the same group behind an attack last month at the same spot.

Meanwhile, the 11 redshirt protesters arrested for setting up a roadblock on Phaholyothin inbound lanes on Monday in Pathum Thani province were each given a 15day jail sentence before being released on a bail guarantee of Bt50,000 each.

The 11 men were charged with gathering with the intent of inciting unrest and blocking public ways without permission. The court handed them immediate imprisonment, but they appealed and were finally had their request for release granted.

Pheu Thai MP Sumet Ritthakhanee paid up the bail guarantee totalling Bt550,000($23,000) out of his own pocket.

-The Nation/ANN

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