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Warrants for Bangkok bomb suspects expected today
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PHUKET: Arrest warrants are expected to be issued today for two men suspected of planting and setting off twin pipe bombs near Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok on Sunday night.

Information about the suspects was based on footage from surveillance cameras and subsequent police sketches, Metropolitan Police Bureau commissioner Lt Gen Sriwara Rangsipramman-akul said yesterday.

Police are checking the footage to acquire further details, which so far show two men arriving at the scene near a government service counter sited near the shopping mall, said Royal Thai Police spokesman Lt Gen Prawut Thawornsiri.

One of the suspects is seen wearing a white cap with a bag slung over his shoulder. Another man is wearing a black cap and holding an orange plastic bag.

The two men were seen briefly patrolling the scene and appeared to be pushing something into the bag, before they ran away. The first bomb went off 10 seconds later, and the second bomb another 32 seconds later. A police source said a digital clock was found at the scene with 6pm set as the detonation time, but the first bomb went off much later than that.

“It is likely the men failed to trigger the bomb through this timer, or this digital clock was meant as a distraction for the police to determine which detonation method was actually used,” the source added.

The source said the man wearing the white cap looked as if he was trying to ignite a lighter, with the light from an unknown source seen in the footage. Both men left the scene and entered the BTS Siam (Skytrain) station, leaving behind the orange plastic bag.

After 40 seconds went by, a bright flash was seen rising behind an advertising light box, where the bag was hidden. An incendiary detonation sparked for three seconds, and the first bomb went off. The same steps occurred 32 seconds later in another orange plastic bag left by the man in the white cap, and the second bomb went off.

Another police source said that police were following a lead that the two men travelled by taxi through Soi 7 of Siam Square, opposite Rama I Road, before they approached the scene on foot through Soi 3.

Police are verifying the pink taxi’s licence plate to reach its driver, who will be questioned when found.

— Phuket Gazette Editors

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5 protesters to be charged over a rally in front of the Thai Army’s headquarters

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5 protesters to be charged over a rally in front of the Thai Army’s headquarters | The Thaiger

With impeccable timing, Nang Loeng police have summoned 5 protest leaders to appear before the Special Prosecutor’s Office at the Dusit District Court in Bangkok. They will be formally charged over their roles in a protest in front of the Army’s headquarters on July 20. At the time it followed an online exchange from an Army official criticising the students who had been protesting at the Democracy Monument days before.

The protest targeted Colonel Nusra Vorapatratorn, deputy spokesperson of the Army. Posting on her Facebook page about the Saturday protest, the Colonel said that rally’s participants should “focus on doing their jobs rather than joining the protest.” The Colonel later deleted the social media post.

Another army spokesman, Colonel Winthai Suvaree, spoke to the media at the time and stated that Nusra “had expressed her personal opinion” and that “she is no longer the deputy spokesperson”.

After protesting outside the Army over the contents of the post, 5 protest leaders face official charges of “violating the Emergency Decree, the Traffic Act and use of loudspeakers in public without permission. The 5 protagonists facing charges are human rights lawyer Anon Nampa, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Piyarath “Toto” Jongthep, Suwanna Tarnlek and Panupong Jardnok (Mike Rayong).

All 5 deny the charges and say they will defend their roles in court.

The charges follow a weekend of protests, with up to some 30,000 people gathering in the Bangkok rain to rally against the government and confirm a 10-point manifesto which includes demands to reform Thai politics and the country’s monarchy. Specially the demands include the dissolution of the Thai parliament, standing down of the current PM and a new constitution to replace the 2017 Thai charter.

Today the Fine Arts Department has also says it will file charges of “trespassing on an archaeological site” after protesters yesterday embedded a symbolic brass plaque to replace another plaque that dates back to the 1932 Siam Revolution (when a bloodless coup overthrew the ‘absolute monarchy’ in Thailand). That plaque mysteriously disappeared in 2017.

The protesters responded this afternoon by saying that Sanam Luang is not an archaeological site, but a “public space for recreation and for vendors and hawkers”.

Following on from the support of the crowd over the weekend, the protesters are planning to stage another protest in front of Parliament this Thursday. A House debate on constitutional amendments is due to start this Wednesday.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

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Woman shot and killed at Bangkok temple

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Woman shot and killed at Bangkok temple | The Thaiger
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A woman was shot and killed at a Bangkok temple today. Police say 39 year old Linlada Phattanphan was found inside the temple, covered in blood. Her head had been shot at 4 times. Linlada went to the temple this morning to make merit, according to her maid, 52 year old Maneerat Srithornrat. The maid told police that the 2 of them were about to head home when another woman came up behind Linlada and shot her 4 times at a close range. The alleged shooter fled the scene.

Police say they were called to the temple in Bangkok’s Bang Khae district around 7am. A forensic team from Siriraj Hospital responded and joined police in the investigation. They say Linlada was shot at close range with 9mm bullets.

Maneerat told police the alleged shooter was around 35 to 40 years old and was wearing a cap that shadowed her face.

Police are still investigating. Police say they plan to review surveillance camera footage to help identify the alleged shooter.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Protesters’ plaque damaged historical site – Thai Fine Arts Department

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Protesters’ plaque damaged historical site – Thai Fine Arts Department | The Thaiger

The Thai Fine Arts Department claim the pro-democracy protesters, who installed a symbolic brass plaque in an area next to the Grand Palace yesterday morning, broke the law. The department filed a complaint saying the installation of the plaque damaged a historic site, a violation of the Archaeological Site Act.

Protesters cemented the plaque in the perimeter of the Royal Field, known locally as Sanam Luang. It read “At this place the people have expressed their will, that this country belongs to the people and is not the property of the monarch as they have deceived us.”

Sanam Luang is a registered archaeological site. Entering the area to install a plaque without permission is an offence under the Historical Sites, Archaeological Objects, Art Objects and National Museum Act 1961, according to the department’s director general Prateep Phengtako.

“Those who invade a historic site or destroy or depreciate it can face up to 7 years in prison and a fine of up to 700,000 baht.”

The department says since the plaque was illegally installed at Sanam Luang as part of the weekend’s protests.

“It is considered destruction and depreciation of a historic site.

Less than 24 hours after the plaque was installed, it was removed and covered with concrete. The plaque was to replace a brass plaque that commemorated the end of Siam’s absolute monarchy and the introduction of constitutional democracy for Thailand in 1932. The original plaque mysteriously disappeared in 2017 and was replaced with a new plaque with a pro-monarchist slogan.

The Fine Arts Department made no comment at the time of the removal of the old historical plaque in 2017.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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