Military hand over nine suspects associated with Ko Tee to police

The military on Friday handed over nine suspects arrested for alleged illegal association with Ko Tee on March 18 after the seizure of a cache of war weapons to Pol Gen Sirvara Rangsipromnakul, the deputy national police chief, at the Crime Suppression Division.

The nine suspects are Thirachai Udonrvichien, a 54-year old native of Samut Prakan; Prathuang On-lamoon, 57 old resident of Ang Thong; Mrs Palida Ruangsuwan, 55-year old resident of Pathum Thani; Wanchaichana Krutchaiyant, 55-year old resident of Pathum Thani; Mrs Em-on Watkaew, 45-year old resident of Pathum Thani; Udomchai Nopsawat, 60 year old resident of Ayutthaya; Thanachote Wongchanchompoo, 56-year old Khon Kaen resident; Suriyasak Chatpitakkul, 49-year old Surin resident and Boonsong Kotepradit, 54-year old Saraburi resident.

Four other suspects are still at large. They are Ko Tee or Wutthipong Kotethammakul, 48; Ms Boontem Raksapainai, 54-year old resident of Udon Thani; Somchit Sabootda, 64-year old Loei resident; and Wanlop Ratrung, 45-year old Chiang Rai resident.

All were charged with illegal association to incite unrest and possession of illegal firearms

One of the arrested suspects, Thirachai claimed that he met Ko Tee three times in Laos � the last time in February. He said he asked Ko Tee about the anti-government plans and was told that there were arms hidden in two containers but Ko Tee has never seen the arms.

He claimed that Ko Tee never gave him orders to cause troubles or to incite unrest.

One of the police investigators, Pol Maj-Gen Chayapol Chatchaidet said that on March 18, police raided suspected targets in Pathum Thani, Ang Thong, Surin, Nakhon Ratchasima, Prachuab Khiri Khan and Samut Prakan and seized sizeable amount of weapons and ammunition.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)