Kwanchai shooting suspect confesses

A man accused in the attempted assassination of prominent red-shirt Kwanchai Praipana has reportedly told police he had six accomplices and they were hired by a "well-respected elder".

The suspect was identified as Maduemang Masae, a 39-year-old security volunteer in the southern border province of Narathiwat, according to Pol Lt Gen Anuchai Lekbamrung, commander of Provincial Police Region 4.

The suspect was flown from Bangkok to Udon Thani in a police plane on Friday night, and was being questioned at the 24th Border Patrol Police Unit before being moved to Udon Thani Central Prison.

Pol Lt Gen Anuchai said Mr Maduemang admitted to the Jan 21 shooting and said he was paid about 8,000 baht.

Mr Kwanchai is the chairman of the Rak Udon faction of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship in the northeastern province and one of the most outspoken red-shirt leaders. Police said Mr Maduemang told investigators that he decided to join the operation involving another six people after being approached by a "well-respected elder" who had helped him previously.

"The investigation is in line with the testimony of the suspect who was not hesitant to confess," Pol Lt Gen Anuchai said. "Police will investigate further and search for the other six accomplices."

The officer did not divulge any information on the "well-respected elder".

A week before Mr Kwanchai was attacked at his home in Udon Thani on Jan 21, a message appeared on a social network saying that hitmen in southern Thailand had offered a 1.5-million-baht bounty for the murder of the hardline red-shirt member.

The attack occurred about 10.30am while Mr Kwanchai was reading a newspaper in his home. He was hit many times in an arm and leg. Police recovered about 30 spent M16 bullet shells near a fence located about 200 metres from the house.

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Discussion 1 : 09/02/2014 at 07:56 PM
Only one arrest, red or yellow makes it a 50-50 chance, so not that interesting, but very concerning that there have not been more captured considering the clear photos and video available. But the red bull heir is still driving around, so maybe not a surprise after all.
Discussion 2 : 09/02/2014 at 11:28 AM
Yes I agree, I also wonder how it is possible that suddenly the comments changed so much in favor of Red. Someone suggested that Thaksin started a PR campaign. First I thought that seemed too far out but now i think he could be right.
Discussion 3 : 09/02/2014 at 10:36 AM
Peculiar indeed the police could find quite quickly a shooting of a red shirt but not the shooters of demonsrators. Even more peculiar how many readers don,t like the comment by Silkpit, who tells nothing else but the truth.Since some monthes the sympathy expressed in letter and comments for the reds is remarkable. There clearly is a paragigm shift.One wonders.
Discussion 4 : 09/02/2014 at 10:23 AM
Why is that? You has zero evidence to back up this claim. You cry when there are no arrests and you cry when there are, throwing accusations of cover up or set up as it suits. Amazing farang
Discussion 5 : 09/02/2014 at 09:32 AM
So with all the shootings and violence that have happened during the protests so far it's interesting the only arrest is of an alleged shooter against a Red shirt leader. Guess all the video footage and evidence of people attacking protesters and the PDRC has been lost or more likely not acted on.
Discussion 6 : 09/02/2014 at 06:00 AM
The story changed from the original report where 42 cartridge cases were found and there were just two wounds. Truck rental , six accomplices, ammunition, all for 8,000 Baht. Inconsistency in confessional stories is getting worse
Discussion 7 : 09/02/2014 at 01:01 AM
It is also strange that Suthep and the other PDRC leaders with arrest warrants issued against them have not been arrested yet. Thai law in practice?
Discussion 8 : 09/02/2014 at 12:21 AM
It seems the police works only for the reds and their master government, lead from Dubai.
Discussion 9 : 09/02/2014 at 12:05 AM
He was paid ‘about 8,000 baht’? Surely, one would remember? In any case, a substantial discount on the alleged 1.5 million first offered, unless there was a bonus payout for the ‘confession’. But we’ll never, ever know. Questions, questions.
Discussion 10 : 08/02/2014 at 09:25 PM
Given how many protesters have been shot and/or injured in bombing attacks without a single arrest, even when given clear video of suspects, and the speed in which this case involving an attack on a red shirt leader has been "solved", one would have to be extremely gullible to take any of this story at face value. Not even a good attempt on the part of the govt and police to divert attention away from the real story that is finally coming to a painfully, drawn out conclusion: the end of the road for this failed government.
Discussion 11 : 08/02/2014 at 09:04 PM
This smells like a set up.

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