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Posted 2011-05-15 06:49:29
112 'killers' on police wanted list
By Kwanhathai Malakarn
The Nation on Sunday.
Police have added 43 more people to a blacklist of hit men, which now totals 112 professional killers sought by police nationwide ahead of the national election
The list includes Sergeant Panya Srihera and Sergeant Somchai Boonnak, suspects wanted for the assassination attempt on People's Alliance for Democracy leader Sondhi Limthongkul. They are numbers 13 and 14 on the list.
Deputy national police chief General Panupong Singhara na Ayutthaya said yesterday the blacklist update was part of proactive measures against possible political rivalry and poll violence. Police also wanted to catch 126 other "rising star" criminal supporters, he said.
The blacklist, known as a "criminal calendar", aims to keep police around the country informed about and watch out for known hit men, to prevent politicians from taking such men under their wings, and to inform the public to try to prevent them killing more people.
Panupong said the blacklist had been compiled since 2005. In the first year it helped police apprehend 24 criminals, or 50 per cent of those on the original list.
The 2006 edition helped police arrest another 18 persons or 36 per cent of those on the list, he said, while the 2007 edition helped police catch seven professional gunmen.
People who provide useful information that helps police to arrest a hit man identified on this year's list could get a reward of Bt100,000 - double the amount in recent years, he added.
Police were also instructed to talk to and warn political rivals in areas that are known to be highly competitive and prone to violence, in a bid to minimise poll killings, he said.
In related news, the Provincial Police Region 1 deputy chief yesterday visited Pheu Thai politician Pracha Prasobdee to interview him about the recent attempt on his life. Pracha, who is recovering from a gunshot wound in Rama 9 Hospital amid tight police security, was the first politician shot as Thailand prepares for a tense election.
Police Maj-General Kamronwit Toopkrachang said police had gathered some evidence over the past three days after the shooting of Pracha, so Kamronwit went to get information from the injured victim to try to find the shooter. So far the information obtained by police and given by Pracha matched and had been useful to the investigation, he said, adding that the suspected motive was politics - national politics and local politics.
Police investigators will meet tomorrow at Samut Prakan's Phra Pradaeng police station to discuss the case, he said.
-- The Nation 2011-05-15
Posted 2011-05-15 10:02:29
Lower half of the - - - Party List ?
Edited by animatic, 2011-05-15 10:03:09.
Posted 2011-05-15 10:03:31
It's a sad state of affairs for a country when the police have to explicitly ask politicians not to hire hitmen.
Posted 2011-05-15 10:10:35
I'm wondering just how many of these 'hit-men' are in fact policemen.
Posted 2011-05-15 10:33:53
I think maybe chopper Reid should come out of retirement
Posted 2011-05-15 11:15:11
That Police wanted list - I thought it was just another recruitment drive. But then again most will be Police or ex-Police with a few mdisgruntled Army boys thrown in for good measure.
All of which does a great deal for tourism. After all, there are over 100 assasins on the loose in Thailand. Makes you feel secure doesn't it? Running into one of those sociopaths on your way to the 7-11.
But then that's Paradise for you.
It's all about the money whether it's the average Thai or the Head of Thai Football; they only want the money. And the policians and police are no different, no morals and no problem in blowing your or your kid's brains out.
Third world with the 'h' removed.
Posted 2011-05-15 11:28:33
I think maybe chopper Reid should come out of retirement
Wouldn't it be better to catch these criminals rather than waste time hunting down and taking to court the domino players!
Posted 2011-05-15 13:26:28
These are only the illegal unlicensed hitmen, there are many more who operate with impunity in uniform.
Posted 2011-05-15 15:27:11
cheap charlies!!! if it's true, the samut prakan shooter only got 6.000 baht! 555555 xxl!
Posted 2011-05-15 16:27:25
some 60%+ have most likely paid problems (police) off once or more before, or fled whilst on bail.
The criminal justice system does not work in Thailand. The courts may be flawed with bias or corruption, but it often never gets that far anyway and lower down certainly is flawed/corrupt.
How many times do news stories get followed up adequately and proper justice is seen to be done!
In Pattaya i'd love to know wat happened to the Russian estate agent Victor who was brutally murdered.In the media at the time when they caught the russian perpetrators and were offered a bribe, which the POLICE made a song and dance about trying to bribe the royal thai police - whilst they never the less kept the 500k, but too high profile not to state trying to bribe and kept it anyway - and then nothing. Are these people in jail now. A penny to a pound NOT!!
How many crimes are committed by people out on bail or absconded from bail and we read that the crime was commited by such and such who was on the run or often out on bail or miraculously has escaped any or reasonable period of jail time for previous offences. i.e. bribe/pay off/contributing to police funds.
I am surprised it's only 112 killers on the loose unless that's just in Chonburi
Edited by twix38, 2011-05-15 16:39:07.
Posted 2011-05-15 16:38:14
Why is it only when there's an election coming up are these gunmen sought by the police? Why not before now?
Posted 2011-05-16 11:32:45
A bit like closing the stable door after the horse has bolted?
I hope the BIB can gain some credability and find a couple of them.
Posted 2011-05-16 15:22:04
With so many newspapers/media releasing the "gunman.police.go.th" website, many thousands of people may be infected by viruses or their computers might have been compromised.
Norton Safeweb reported 53 viruses, and browser exploits that will attempt to penetrate and open backdoors into your PC. If you choose some of the links and use VirusTotal to check, more than 40 antivirus vendors reported that the police weblinks contains viruses and exploits - including Kaspersky, ESET, Norton, TrendMicro...
This is not the way for the government to secretly exploit the browsers of innocent people. Very bad, and immoral. Good governments do not attack people intentionally with viruses, or secretly open backdoors through browsers.
(One prominent Thai English newspaper published this weblink, and refused to publish my warning about the links. Something is really fishy..)
Posted 2011-05-16 16:02:33
suprised they don't have contact info next to the photos
If it were a boring country I wouldn't want to be here.
Posted 2011-05-16 16:06:56
might be a useful way of locating folks who loiter on thatsite
Posted 2011-05-16 16:07:10
It's like the politicians one stop shopping list for the election cycle.
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