2020-02-14 01:09:34

DSI `surprised' at more people in CentralWorld blaze

The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Thursday said it was surprised at the Metropolitan Police Bureau's revelation that it was seeking six additional people believed to have been involved in the CentralWorld arson case.

Deputy chief Pol Lt Col Wannapong Kocharak said the DSI had not been informed by the MPB that it was preparing to seek arrest warrants for the six. The DSI did not have any information about them, he added.

On Wednesday, the MPB produced pictures of the six, along with two others for whom the Criminal Court had already issued arrest warrants in August 2010, three months after the end of the rally.

The protest against then prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva ended with lethal violence and some buildings were set ablaze including CentralWorld on May 19, 2010.

In a press conference on Wednesday, MPB chief Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit Thoopkrachang released photographs of two men suspected to have set fire to CentralWorld and pictures of six others police believe were involved in the destruction that day.

Pol Lt Col Wannapong said if the MPB obtained clear information about the additional persons, it should coordinate and submit the findings to the DSI because the agency's special cases committee had already taken up the issue.

He confirmed the DSI only had information about the first two suspects for whom it had obtained arrest warrants and submitted their descriptions to the MPB to help it track them down.

The two photos shown by the MPB chief on Wednesday were the same as the ones released by the DSI three years ago, Pol Lt Col Wannapong said.

One of the photos shows a man breaking a glass door, while the other captures the image of a man also at the scene.

The MBP's revelation of more suspected CentralWorld arsonists came two days after fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced on his Twitter page that he would give a 10 million baht reward to anyone who could give information that leads to the arrest of an arsonist of the CentralWorld shopping complex

The DSI had been left in the dark about 6 men suspected of having been involved
The DSI had been left in the dark about 6 men suspected of having been involved