Bangkok bomb suspect back in jail seconds after bail

Nattatida Meewangpla is talking to a reporter at the Crime Suppression Division after her arrest Monday night. (CSD photo)

Crime suppression police arrested a female suspect in a bombing case seconds after she was released on bail, charging her with lese majeste.

Nattatida Meewangpla, 39, was arrested in front of the Central Women Correctional Institution on Ngam Wong Wan Road in Chatuchak district just after being released on bail in a case in which she was allegedly involved in a grenade attack at the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Road on March 7, 2015.

She was also a key witness in the shootings at Wat Pathum Wanaram on May 19, 2010, which claimed six lives. At that time she was a volunteer nurse from Vajira Hospital, working near people killed during a crackdown on red-shirt demonstrators in Bangkok.

On March 18, 2015, the military accused her of insulting the royal institution for sharing a message posted in the Thai Phakhee group in the Line chat application.

She allegedly posted it in the Line groups called DNP and Phuen Maew and Gerrard. The act allegedly occurred in her room number 11/16 on T2 condominium building in the Muang Thong Thani housing estate in Pak Kret district, Nonthaburi.

Miss Nattatida told police Monday night that she had forgotten about the message case. She said she had been detained two years and four months after being arrested for the court bomb attack. Friends and lawyers helped her get bail because it was inconvenient to prepare her defence in the bombing case in prison.

She said she had not known it was illegal to share the message which had been shared by many people before reaching her.

Earlier, Miss Nattatida and another woman were charged with hiring people to hurl an RDG-5 grenade at the Criminal Court in 2015. Two suspected attackers were arrested after a brief gunfight with security officers.

Police also suspected her group of planning more bomb attacks at four other locations in the capital.

She and other suspects were also charged with terrorism, forming a gang for illegal activities, attempted murder, staging a bomb attack and illegal possession of weapons and military armaments.

Bomb squad members inspect the blast site at the Criminal Court’s parking lot on Ratchadaphisek Road following a grenade attack on March 7, 2015. (Photo by Jiraporn Kuhakan)

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