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Suspects held for killing of red

Police yesterday took two suspects in the December 1 murder of red-shirt supporter Private Thanasit Viangkham to the Criminal Court to apply for a first detention period.

Thanasit was killed at a mass red-shirt rally at Bangkok's Rajamangala Stadium.

The suspects are Ramkhamhaeng University political science freshman Teerapat Thongrit, who allegedly fired a .38 handgun from his dormitory and hit Thanasit; and the gun's owner, Noppadol Kaewmejeen.

Hua Mark police took the pair to apply for the first 12-day detention period until January 3, pending investigation including forensic results and interviews of 10 witnesses. Police objected to their bail applications due to flight risk.

The detention application stated that Thanasit joined the red-shirt rally on November 30 and was fatally shot in the head at 2am while in Soi Ramkhamhaeng 24.

Police said evidence gathered at the spot where Thanasit was shot indicated the gun was fired from vacant dormitory room No 415.

The search warrant found footprints suggesting someone climbed from room 414 to the vacant room's balcony. The occupant of room No 414 told police that Teerapat and Noppadol asked to climb from his balcony to the room next door, then he heard five or six shots.

Police collected evidence and sought an arrest warrant for the pair on December 22, leading to the arrests. The two suspects have maintained their innocence.

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