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Democrats Allege High-Ranking Police Officer is Shielding Red Shirt Activist Wutthipong Kotthammakhun (Ko Tee)

Ko Tee, or Wutthipong Kotthammakhun

Ko Tee, or Wutthipong Kotthammakhun

 

BANGKOK – Thailand’s Democrat party’s chief legal team is claiming that a top police lieutenant general has been shielding political red shirt activist Wutthipong Kotthammakhun (Ko Tee) from arrest.

Without naming name, Mr Wirat Kalayasiri said the police lieutenant general was not far away from where he was speaking and he was willing to give police the tip of where Ko Tee, or Wutthipong Kotthammakhun, had been hiding if the police had no idea where to look for him.

Wirat said that the police were able to arrest the “pop corn” gunman despite the fact that the suspect covered his face with a mask but were unable to arrest Tang Archiva, a vocational student wanted on lese majeste charge despite the fact that the suspect occasionally posted his images on the social media.

The Democrat suggested the national police chief, Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, to take the police officer in question to task for protecting a criminal offender.

The Democrats on Thursday lodged a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division to arrest Ko Tee for allegedly defaming the Monarchy during his interview with a foreign media.

The CSD deputy chief said his office had coordinated with the Immigration Police Bureau to intercept Ko Tee at various exit points but found no trace of him sneaking out of the country.

It was believed Mr Wuthipong, the leader of the Pathum Thani red shirts, was still in the country, he said.

Earlier today, Democrat Party spokesman Chavanond Intarakomalyasut said his party had allegedly obtained information that Ko Tee was still in the country and hiding in a place provided by an influential former Pheu Thai Party MP who was a core leader of the red shirts in the Northeast region.

“It is now time for the police to prove that they will bow to politics or protect the royal institution. If the police are serious, I believe they will be able to arrest both Ko Tee and Ekapop Luara or Tang Archiwa,” Mr Chavanond said.

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