DSI director-general Tarit Pengdit said yesterday he had signed an order offering the cash reward of 1 million baht for information leading to the arrest of suspects in each of the following seven cases:
- The case of Maj Gen Khattiya Sawasdipol, who was shot to death near Silom subway station;
- The case of Col Romklao Thuwatham and four other soldiers who were killed by grenade shrapnel on Dinso Road in Phra Nakhon district;
- The case of Japanese reporter Hiroyuki Muramoto, who was killed by a gunshot near Khok Wua intersection;
- The case of Italian photographer Fabio Polenghi, who was killed by a gunshot on Ratchadamri Road in Lumpini area of Pathumwan district;
- The case of Mst Sgt Withaya Phromsamli, who was killed by an M79 grenade explosion that also wounded six other soldiers in front of Uechueliang Building on Rama IV Road;
F The case of Pvt Narongrit Sara, who was killed by a gunshot near the National Memorial in Don Muang area.
Mr Tarit said the identities of those who provide information would be kept confidential.
Also yesterday, the Pheu Thai Party filed a complaint with Lumpini police, accusing Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva and four other Democrat members of defamation. Their case alleges that the Democrats said former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was responsible for the men in black during the 2010 protests.
The complaint was filed by Pheu Thai spokesman Prompong Nopparit against Mr Abhisit, Surat Thani MP Suthep Thaugsuban, Democrat deputy leader Korn Chatikavanij, Rayong MP Sathit Pitutecha and Songkhla MP Sirichok Sopha.
Mr Prompong said he was authorised by Thaksin to file the complaint against the five who, in a speech at a Democrat rally at Lumpini Park on Saturday, accused the former premier of "taking command of the men in black and the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship protests between April 14, 2009 and May 19, 2010".
Thaksin was also accused of being responsible for deaths during the April-May 2010 violence and using the people's lives as a political tool in trying to retake power.
The Democrats' speeches were published both in print and online to discredit and incite hatred against Thaksin, who had nothing to do with the men in black, Mr Prompong said.
Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung insisted he would go ahead with public discussions to follow up on the proposals of the Truth for Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to achieve national unity.
Mr Chalerm said the planned public discussions would help create understanding among people about the causes of the violence and abuses during the 2010 political violence.
Former acting national police chief Pateep Tanprasert yesterday told the DSI that police had followed orders from the Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation when they were sent to join government operations to retake areas from red shirts in 2010.
Pol Gen Pateep was invited to testify before the DSI about the role of police during the operations.