Court: More evidence on popcorn gunman

The Criminal Court on Thursday rejected a police request for arrest warrants for three armed men, including one they call the "popcorn gunman", in connection with the Laksi gunfight on Feb 1 due to insufficient evidence and asked for more information.

The court ruling came a day after investigators sought arrest warrants for three suspects in the Laksi clash on charges of attempted murder. They are Wiwat Yodprasit, 24, Surachet Treenopparat, 49, and Danai (surname unknown).

According to police, Mr Wiwat, a native of Phitsanulok, was said to have fired a gun hidden in a corn bag to protect anti-government protesters during the shoot-out. 

Mr Surachet from Bangkok was photographed holding a pistol while wearing a white T-shirt, a face mask and “PDRC Guard” armband.

Police have been able to identify four more suspects and are gathering evidence to seek court approvals for their arrest.   

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Discussion 1 : 14/02/2014 at 06:06 AM
The judicial system strikes another well thought out plan
Discussion 2 : 13/02/2014 at 10:59 PM
They are investigating the Victims, not the perpetrators.
Discussion 3 : 13/02/2014 at 10:02 PM
I joined the Bangkok Post "community" specifically to comment on this. The police appear to have identified the people in these pictures. One of the people appears to be firing a gun. Another is carrying a gun. What possible reason could the Criminal Court have to deny warrants for their arrest? This is insane.
Discussion 4 : 13/02/2014 at 09:10 PM
Is anyone else simply amazed that these tomato police are only chasing protestors ?. If terrorists had done several drive-by shootings, thrown and fired multiple grenades and sniped from rooftops - all without a single arrest or even suspect from the police (who are on social media as actually assisting these actions) then nobody can blame the PDRC for being armed to defend themselves. This is ridiculous in the extreme. Why is there no pressure on the police to actually do their job in Thailand ?. Where are the difficult questions for them and CMPO from the media ?.
Discussion 5 : 13/02/2014 at 08:50 PM
These guys should at least be brought in for some serious questioning. An arrest warrant is not a prison sentence.
Discussion 6 : 13/02/2014 at 08:39 PM
The Media risks their lives to take the pictures... The POLICE investigate and ask for warrents... The Thai Courts refuse to acknowledge the actions happened... Now tell use where the problem exist...

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