Thaksin car-bomb probe to continue
The police reshuffle will not affect the ongoing investigation into the alleged assassination plot against Thaksin Shinawatra, senior police said yesterday.
Officers seen as having been aligned with the ousted premier have been sidelined in inactive posts.
Central Investigation Bureau commander Lt-General Montri Jamroon said that although the reshuffle would affect some of the case's senior investigators, including himself and Crime Suppression Division chief Maj-General Winai Thongsong, the team would continue to work. The investigating team's orders have not been cancelled or changed in this case, he added.
"This case must go on because the legal procedures are not yet complete," Montri said.
He added that the investigation was almost complete pending the processing of certain evidence and other small details.
He said the team investigating the incident intended to press charges against the five military personnel who were arrested after August 24, when police discovered a car packed with explosive material parked near Thaksin's residence. The car's driver, Lt Thawatchai Klinchana, was arrested on the spot. Four other military personnel were arrested later.
Earlier yesterday Montri, Winai and Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Maj-General Jate Mongkonhatthee held a two-hour meeting with members of the investigating team. Montri urged them to speed up the interviewing of witnesses.
- THe nation