Man with link to Ko Tee arrested for possession of bombs

A man who was suspected to have connection with fugitive hardcore red shirt activist “Ko Tee” Wutthipong Kotchathammakhun was arrested on Monday (Feb 12) with a number of explosives in possession.

Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Srivara Ransibrahmanakul

Royal Thai Police deputy commissioner Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said Krischaphon Poolsilpa was detained for questioning after police enforced Section 44 of the interim Constitution to search his rented room at Muang Thong Thani following complaint from owner of the house he didn’t pay rental fees and has been living in the room for five years.

The owner told police that the man acted suspeciously and might have something illegal hidden in the room.

Responded to the complaint, police searched the room and found six explosives, comprising a pipe bomb, and M26 hand grenade, and four ping pong small bombs.

Pol Gen Srivara said the pipe bomb which the suspect owned was similar to the pipe bomb that was used in the bombing of Siam Paragon in 2014.

He said Mr Krischaphon admitted to own the explosives just for accumulation and never used them at any place or made them by himself.

But he admitted to be a follower of Mrs Rapin who was implicated with Ko Tee’s movement, he said.

Pol Gen Srivara said the suspected would be handed over to the military for interrogation for seven days and returned to the police for prosecution.

Pol Gen Srivara said further that the suspect was among the 27 persons under the police’s watch list.

He used the rented room as his hideout, the deputy commissioner said after inspecting the room yesterday.

He allegedly admitted that all the explosives belonged to him, but whether he would have involved in the past violent incidents was under investigation, Pol Gen Srivara added.