May 15, 2014 00:00
By PRAPASRI OSATHANON,
PEOPLE'S DEMOCRATIC Reform Committee (PDRC) leader Thaworn Senneam has denied that explosives found at Lumpini Park on Tuesday belonged to PDRC guards.
He said the Explosives Ordinance inspection after the protesters had left the rally site had been conducted by the police alone with no other observers. Moreover, the PDRC had cleared the site a few days earlier and it was difficult to say to whom the explosives might have belonged.
Meanwhile, Phra Buddha Issara, the monk leading the PDRC rally outside Government Complex on Chaeng Wattana Road, said a guard had caught a woman allegedly spying at the site. The guards claimed the latest M79 attack on the protest site had been on her instruction. They handed the woman over to police.
Commenting on complaints that his security guards had beaten up and injured people, Phra Buddha Issara said he would not defend any wrongdoing.
However, he had no plans to change his security system because he was short of guards at the Chaeng Wattana site. He said his staff had little time to rest and there had been many explosions there. If there were any need for apologies, he would do so on a case by case basis.
He added that he was consulting his lawyer to sue Tarit Pengdith, director of the Department of Special Investigation and secretary of the Centre for the Administration of Peace and Order for malfeasance, for violating the charter’s Article 157.
Meanwhile, Phra Buddha Issara said he would postpone his rally scheduled for May 18 calling for power to be returned to His Majesty the King.
He said he was waiting for Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary- general of the PDRC, to run his plan first.
If Suthep’s did not succeed, he would launch his own plan.