Investigators in the assassination attempt case of a core leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy believe the three suspects on arrest warrants have already fled the country. The investigation team is preparing evidence to seek arrest warrants for two more suspects.
Assistant national police chief Police Lieutenant General Asawin Kwanmuang, who is part of the team investigating the assassination attempt against People’s Alliance for Democracy leader Sondhi Limthongkul, revealed police are gathering evidence to secure arrest warrants for two more suspects.
Asawain said the investigation team has already identified those suspects and obtained information on their wherabouts but he declined to give further details.
Regarding the hunt for the first three suspects who are still on run after being issued arrest warrants, Asawin believes they have already fled overseas with help on money and shelter.
The investigation team is now divided into two. One will take charge of seeking more evidence while the other is tasked with tracking down the suspects.
Asawin disclosed that one of the fugitive suspects, Sergeant Panya Srihera, has contacted the police about turning himself in but he wants more time due to concern that he will not receive fair treatment.
He also insisted procedures related to the issuance of arrest warrants for suspects in this case will not be affected by the court’s acceptance of Panya’s malfeasance suit against deputy police chief Police General Thani Sombunsap, chief investigator in the case.
Asawin said he has received information about the Scientific Crime Detection Division’s examination of the car seized from the house of the mother-in-law of another fugitive suspect, Police Corporal Worawut Mungsanti.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Pheerapan Saleerathawipark said he has assigned the director-general of the Department of Special Investigation to examine Worawut’s use of the car for personal purposes. The car was confiscated by the DSI in a drug case.
Pheeraphan also denied a speculation that his phone was tapped and he was blackmailed, saying his cell phone has been broken for a long time.