Friday bomb suspect on rally stage

The driver of a pickup truck suspected of being involved in the grenade explosion in Banthat Thong on Friday, and who appears in a widely dispersed video clip, turned up at the protest rally stage Sunday night to deny the allegation.

Sayan Saenoun, the driver who works for Kowit Tharana, a former Democrat MP, appeared on the People's Democratic Reform Committee's rally state in Pathumwan together with another protester who was at the scene of the bomb blast and witnessed the incident.

Mr Sayan said he was driving the pickup truck and following the march led by PDRC secretary general Suthep Thaugsuban when the bomb exploded.

At the time, he said, it was impossible for him to activate the grenade with one hand while the other hand held the vehicle's steering wheel. In addition, he would certainly have died from the powerful grenade blast if he had lobbed it next to his vehicle.

Since then his hearing has been affected from the blast and he will have to meet a doctor again tomorrow for more tests.

Pol Maj Gen Adul Narongsak, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said the video clips examined by police showed two men acting in a suspicious manner. One of them, wearing a white hat, walked quickly from the tail of the marching column, dropped an object and ran to hide behind a telephone transformer box. After the grenade exploded, the pickup truck driver ran to the iron box and they then came out together to pick up fragments of the bomb and left without paying attention to the people who were injured and lying on the road.

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Discussion 1 : 20/01/2014 at 01:27 PM
I a situation like that best to lie flat on ground explosions throw fragments out up and at about 45% angle so laying on ground should pass over you.
Discussion 2 : 20/01/2014 at 12:12 PM
Is there a handbook guide on what you should do in the event of an explosion because I would love to know. People will act totally differently in these situations and not all of them logical to the outside observer. Confusion or injury would disorient people to an extent they may not fully understand what they are doing. Walking away from the wounded, especially if you are injured yourself would not be that unusual. So because someone doesn't act like the movies show when explosions happen doesn't mean they are guilty.
Discussion 3 : 20/01/2014 at 10:07 AM
This political crisis is just between two opposing parties and it is the people who are much affected rather than those leaders. People here are being used for the benefits of the few. How much life will be wasted before things get better.
Discussion 4 : 20/01/2014 at 09:30 AM
Sadly, while humans are capable of lying, video evidence doesn't. Sayan does not deny that he was the person in the video and his conduct in the video is highly suspicious. Rather than apprehending the guy in white cap, assisting the injured protesters or even run away scared, he chose to assist the guy in white cap, return to the scene to dispose off incriminating evidence...
Discussion 5 : 20/01/2014 at 05:25 AM
And what do you exactly expect to reap from those who intend to put in place a not elected self appointed people's council time to wipe out their main opponent ? Nods of the head of millions of people who politically not agree with those diktats ?
Discussion 6 : 20/01/2014 at 02:46 AM
The vehicle driver is involved if you watch the video. No one would run into the centre of a explosion everyone else was running away this is the natural reaction. He clearly aided the white cap man and they picked up something from the road that was possibly incriminating with total ignorance to the wounded that lay strewn around them. The grenade going off in close proximity to the vehicle was an error most likely. Suspicious indeed.
Discussion 7 : 20/01/2014 at 12:19 AM
Anything the government spokespeople say is completely without credibility. You reap what you sow!
Discussion 8 : 20/01/2014 at 12:16 AM
"After the grenade exploded, the pickup truck driver ran to the iron box and they then came out together to pick up fragments of the bomb and left without paying attention to the people who were injured and lying on the road." The mind boggles at the sheer idiocy of the accusation, they went back to pick up fragments of the grenade? What for, a souvenir?
Discussion 9 : 19/01/2014 at 11:07 PM
The police and DSI have so far lied about every act of violence committed during this political crisis - with the truth coming out that the police had been behind each - including the gunmen atop government buildings and smashing vehicles on December 26. They are not to be trusted as they are the prime suspects.

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