Suthep challenges bomb probe police

Protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban on Friday demanded that police uncover the truth in their investigation into a bomb explosion on Banthat Thong road which injured 36 demonstrators.

The People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) leader said evidence found in a deserted building thought to have been the hiding place of the bomb suspect had been handed over to police.

The evidence was retrieved by PDRC guards who refused to let police examine the scene, for fear they could destroy vital forensic information.

Mr Suthep challenged investigators to explain the blast and said he is waiting for answers on the probe from national police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew and Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit Thoopkrachang from the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

Evidence handed over to police by the PDRC included three M16 riffles which are not assembled, four walkie-talkies and a cap bearing an "attacking unit" logo, according to Mr Suthep.

Earlier reports said two police emblems, food, food containers and a refrigerator were found in the room where the bulk of the evidence was found. 

In his speech to the Pathumwan rally stage, Mr Suthep showed a picture claiming that the cap found at the scene belonged to a police unit in Narathiwat province.

The PDRC leader was unable to hold back tears as called on all demonstrators to pray for a protester who is seriously injured by the blast.

The PDRC will take responsibility for looking after all of those injured in the attack, he added.

Wounded protesters were sent to Chulalongkorn, Huachiew, Ramathibodi and Klang hospitals. Some have already been released.

The bomb is believed to have been an M26 grenade, a grenade cap for which was found at the blast site. 

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Discussion 1 : 18/01/2014 at 01:33 PM
"The PDRC leader was unable to hold back tears" - That's odd, because after the 80+ people shot down in cold blood in 2010 Suthep did not shed a single tear, mocking the dead by stating: "the soldiers did not kill anyone, the people ran into the bullets".
Discussion 2 : 18/01/2014 at 12:21 PM
who is he to demand ? is he the LAW ? and law abiding . try reporting to the authorities to report for the oustanding warrant
Discussion 3 : 18/01/2014 at 12:20 PM
he demands, well perhaps he can now report to the police for the outstanding warrant and answer to them since he was so busy . no respect for the law is inexcusable and is a bad example to others, police being corrupt or not is 1 issue, when he was in power were the police any less corrupt ? why did he not do anything to clean them up ? he was too busy benefiting himself i guess. wat a joke , the government is not a caretaker government as they are legally and democratically elected by the majority of thailand.
Discussion 4 : 18/01/2014 at 11:39 AM
DrDave, I'm just saying that he automatically puts himself offside with this move. What you added, very correctly of course, I thought was common knowledge already.
Discussion 5 : 18/01/2014 at 09:54 AM
In the real world PDRC guards would have been arrested for obstructing police at the crime seen, they would be charged with tampering with evidence. It would be hard for police to conduct forensics because it would all point to PDRC contamination, or was this the reason for obstructing police in the first place?
Discussion 6 : 18/01/2014 at 09:25 AM
It's high time for the police to stop all the protests. They are already too many manipulated innocent Thai people dying for a mad man, who just want to come back to power regardless any damage .
Discussion 7 : 18/01/2014 at 07:43 AM
I certainly hope these 'PDRC Guards' are trained in the collection of forensic evidence and haven't, in their haste to prove the perpetrator fits their theory, corrupted or contaminated the crime scene themselves. It is beginning to sound like Thailand seriously needs the assistance of the United Nations Security Forces.
Discussion 8 : 18/01/2014 at 07:30 AM
This is a gross over statement, but still the possibility the bombing was done by the opposition themselves should not be dismissed. Suthep needs to avoid over-acting and let the investigation run its course.
Discussion 9 : 18/01/2014 at 06:17 AM
Suthep "demands thatpolice uncoverthe truth in their investigation" , but then "... PDRC guards ... refused to let police examine the scene, for fear they could destroy vital forensic information." Which is it now that Mr. Suthep wants?
Discussion 10 : 18/01/2014 at 06:10 AM
I agree! No winners, but many loosers from the injured to the business people to Thailand maturing as a democracy. It's time to stop this protest before things get worse. Talk & vote!
Discussion 11 : 18/01/2014 at 06:06 AM
Suthep had recently said that if violence escalates that leads to casualty of protestors, he'll call off the anti-government protest.
Discussion 12 : 18/01/2014 at 05:09 AM
Only in Thailand! A man demands that the Nation's police chief report to him about a crime, while at the same time the police chief has publicly swore to arrest the man. Make you wonder why the boss even wants to come back.
Discussion 13 : 18/01/2014 at 04:21 AM
Suthep earlier said in the event of civil unrest he would tell his supporters to go home. I believe it is time for him to hold true to his word. If he persists, more people will die or be injured.
Discussion 14 : 18/01/2014 at 02:11 AM
NACC, please include Adul Saengsingkaew and Kamronwit Thoopkrachang for your team of investigators in particular their bank accounts. Your whole department should know who they belong to.
Discussion 15 : 18/01/2014 at 02:08 AM
In common with any unscrupulous tyrant, Suthep knows no bounds. He will go to great lengths to manipulate and confuse the people. If he had any real regard for the sanctity of human life, he would desist immediately. | # High above, the dawn is waking # And my tears are falling rain # For the carnival is over # We may never meet again # |
Discussion 16 : 18/01/2014 at 01:08 AM
This is normal when there is protest around the globe. People didn't die that is already a very good news. If there is no protest there won't be anyone hurt or die so go home and be with your family and your love one before it is too late because no matter who is running the government our country is not going anywhere and we will not gain anything.
Discussion 17 : 18/01/2014 at 12:06 AM
To break and show the disrespect to the law, and have the radical idea that disrespect and undermine the value of society, Suthep should have know this will happen when situation becomes lawless from the beginning.
Discussion 18 : 17/01/2014 at 11:53 PM
While you raise a valid point about chain of custody, when there are substantial doubts as to the neutrality of the police and of their integrity in many cases, can you be sure that any valid evidence would not go missing? Here we face one of the core problems in Thai society. Corruption is so widespread that no one is trusted by all parties to perform their duties honestly, correctly, and competently.
Discussion 19 : 17/01/2014 at 11:49 PM
And so it goes on! And I agree that it may get a lot worse. I do not see any winners at the end of this.
Discussion 20 : 17/01/2014 at 11:45 PM
Dear Mr. Poliitician: Suthtep knows the police are his and the protesters' enemy. He has never requested their help. By the way, why didn't Yingluck publicly express regret for the bomb attack? (I think we all know the answer.)
Discussion 21 : 17/01/2014 at 11:30 PM
There is absolutely zero question that the alleged "crime scene" was staged. From an investigator's perspective the whole progression of the "investigation" was completely laughable. Criminal investigation 101: Who would benefit from the attack? Who would benefit from the implication of one party or the other?
Discussion 22 : 17/01/2014 at 11:27 PM
With all this "probing" going on?
Discussion 23 : 17/01/2014 at 11:17 PM
Is Suthep using the police any different, or worse, than Thaksin using the courts to sue people?
Discussion 24 : 17/01/2014 at 10:00 PM
I love the fact that Suthep is requesting help, support and an investigation from the same social structure he trying to tear down. He requests legal help from the police when he himself has several warrants for his arrest and has failed to acknowledge several subpoenas. I guess the law only applies for some people. Anyway it is a sad day when Thai is trying to kill Thais because of a high stake political game. But it was expected. Time for Scene 35...cameras are rolling...and queue music.
Discussion 25 : 17/01/2014 at 09:57 PM
I can understand he's angry, but no court in the world would accept evidence that's been collected and held by one of the concerned parties in a conflict. He is shooting in his own foot again. Everything collected there can only be used to rile up people, not in a court of law, and that's the last thing we need right now.
Discussion 26 : 17/01/2014 at 09:36 PM
There is a certain inevitability about this and it is likely to get worse.

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