Police have obtained arrest warrants for a soldier and a policeman suspected of involvement in the attempted murder of People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul.
The Criminal Court issued the warrants on Tuesday on the application of police investigators, police sources said,
The suspects are a non-commissioned army officer, known only by his first name Panya, attached to the Special Warfare Centre in Lop Buri, and a non-commissioned police officer, identified only as Wut, attached to the Narcotics Suppression Division.
The arrest warrant was issued after a Toyota Vigo pick-up truck- suspected to have been used in the attack on a van taking Mr Sondhi to work at Bang Khunphrom intersection in Bangkok on April 17 was found at a military camp in Lop Buri .
It was brought to Bangkok for forensic examination on Monday.
The vehicle belonged to a woman named Rassami Mekchai, 27, of tambon Thale Chupsorn in Muang district of Lop Buri, the sources said.
Published: 14/07/2009 at 03:59 PM
Pick up believed to be related to ambush of Sondhi found
Police on Tuesday found a Toyota Vigo pick-up truck suspected of being used in the attempted murder of People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader Sondhi Limthongkul in Bangkok on April 17, and obtained arrest warrants.
Pol Maj-Gen Panu Kerdlarppol, deputy metropolitan police chief, said the Lop Buri-registered vehicle was seized by Region 1 provincial police from a military camp in Lop Buri.
It was brought to the Traffic Division headquarters on Monday night for forensic examination, he said.
Mr Sondhi was hit in the head by bullet shrapnel and his driver seriously injured when the van they were travelling in was attacked by gunmen who sprayed the vehicle with bullets near Bang Khun Phrom intersection early on April 17. Mr Sondhi was on his way to work.
Police obtained arrest warrants from the Criminal Court on Tuesday for the arrest of a soldier and a policeman suspected of involvement in the attempted murder of Mr Sondhi, a police source said.
One suspecs was a non-commissioned army officer, known only by his first name Panya, attached to the Special Warfare Centre in Lop Buri, and the other a non-commissioned police officer, identified only as Wut, attached to the Narcotics Suppression Division.
The vehicle was registered to a woman named Rassami Mekchai, 27, of tambon Thale Chupsorn in Muang district of Lop Buri.
Published: 14/07/2009 at 04:54 PM
Pick-up Seized in Case of PAD Leader’s Assassination Attempt
Investigators responsible for the attempted murder case of People’s Alliance for Democracy leader Sondhi Limthongkul held an urgent meeting today after the discovery of a pick-up truck believed to be used in the crime.
SONDHI SHOOTING : Two arrest warrants sought
Police name a police officer and soldier as top suspects in case
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said yesterday that the government would be very serious about handling the assassination attempt on Sondhi Limthongkul and that the police were preparing to issue arrest warrants for two suspected gunmen – a non-commissioned police officer and a non-commissioned military man.
Abhisit made the comment after rumours started doing rounds that deputy police chief General Thanee Somboonsab, the chief investigator, had instructed his subordinates to seek court approval for issuing arrest warrants for two suspects believed to be involved in the attempt on Sondhi’s life.
The first suspect is Pol Corporal Weerawut Mungsanti, a non-commissioned officer under the jurisdiction of the Police Narcotics Suppression Bureau, who currently works under Justice Ministry’s Special Investigation Department’s deputy director general Pol Colonel Dussadee Arayawuthi.
The second man is identified only as Panya, a non-commissioned military official under the jurisdiction of the Lop Buri-based special warfare centre.
Abhisit said that when Thanee reports to him, he would ask if any obstacles had be put in front of him as far as solving the case went. Thanee met the PM yesterday afternoon at Government House but refused to answer any questions.
A source said investigators had earlier questioned witnesses, who had incriminated the two suspects for opening fire at Sondhi’s car. The source added that since the case involved a police officer, the two suspects would be tried in ordinary court, not a military one.
A dark purple pick-up truck with a Lop Buri licence plate numbered 1474, seen parked at a hotel in Thon Buri area before the attack, was found to be owned by 27-year-old Rassami Mekchai, a resident of Lop Buri’s Muang district.
When the vehicle was brought to the Traffic Police Division at 11am, Scientific Crime Detection officials found a water bottle and an official ID card carrying the name Rassami Mekchai inside. They also dusted the pick-up for fingerprints.
At noon, 10 military officials from the Lop Buri-based special warfare centre came to the Traffic Police Division after hearing that police had confiscated the pick-up truck. However, no senior police officials give the media any details about the case, either before or after the chief investigator met his team after the pick-up was checked.
Army Chief General Anupong Paochinda said he had not been given details about the arrest warrants for the non-commissioned military suspect.
He said the military was ready to help the police deal with the case according to law. He added that he had not issued any special instructions for Lt-General Puchong
Ratanaworaron, chief of the Special Operations Command, to follow when arresting the soldier. He said if the police sought any cooperation from the military about the case, they must comply with the law.
By The Nation
Published on July 15, 2009
A pick-up truck with license plate of Lopburi 1474 was brought from a hotel in Bangkok’s Thonburi area to the Traffic Police Bureau for investigation.He promises to give details on the case soon.
Inside the truck, investigators found a water bottle, video compact discs and a government civil service card of Rassamee Mekchai. They also collected figureprints. Further forensic examination of the truck is in progress.
Ten officials from the Army’s Special Warfare Unit in Lop Buri reportedly visited the Traffic Police Bureau after the vehicle was brought in.
Reports have surfaced that police have issued two arrest warrants in this case, one for a noncommissioned soldier of the Army’s Special Warfare Unit in Lop Buri named Panya and the other for a low-ranking policeman of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau named Wut.
Investigators said eyewitnesses confirmed the identities of the suspects and their roles in the assassination attempt.
No high-ranking officers have come out to comment while the chief investigator for the case, Police Lieutenant General Thani Somboonsap, has held a meeting with related officials regarding the latest development.