DSI sends arms seizure suspects to court for detention

Department of Special Investigation (DSI) police today escorted nine suspects with close link to the wanted red-shirt hardcore leader Wuthipong Kochathamakun, alias Ko Tee, to the Criminal Court for detention permission.

Under high security guard provided by police and soldiers, the DSI also asked the court not to grant them bail with reason that their alleged crimes are serious.

The nine suspects were rounded up by the military and questioned before sending them to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police for questioning.

The CSD later sent them to the DSI as some of the weapons seized during searches of Ko Tee's places and those associated with him were proved to be stolen and used in terrorism activities during the anti government protests by redshirts in 2014.

All were arrested in a raid on March 18 and military grade weaponry were found at several of the suspects' homes.

One of the suspects Mr Thirachai Udorn-Wichien admitted that he had known 'Ko Tee' since 2013 when he joined his Red Radio in Pathumthani province.

As for the weapons that were seized, Thirachia stated that 'Ko Tee' had asked him to stash it at his house.

He also said that these weapons had been employed to retake protest locations at Lak Si intersection in 2014 that was taken over by their rival yellow-shirt supporters.

Thirachai also claimed to have later met with 'Ko Tee' in Laos on 3 separate occasions but no plans for inciting insurgent activity or an assassination attempt on Gen Prayut Chan-Ocha was discussed.

All suspects were wanted for illegal possession of firearms, possession of military grade hardware and communication radios as well as possession of Yaba (methamphetamine).

But one suspect Lt Suriyasak Chat-Phitakkun also faces additional charge of lese majeste.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)