Criminal court postpones deposition hearing of ‘Men in Black’ for 3rd time

The Criminal Court on Monday postponed for the third time the deposition hearing of the ‘Men in Black’ suspects, who were allegedly involved in violence during the military crackdown on red shirts on 10 April 2010, due to disagreement on the prosecution side on whether to file terrorism charges.

The postponement is due to a disagreement between the public prosecutor and the Department of Special Investigation, who is overseeing the investigation of the case.

The prosecutors found that the evidence to file terrorism charges against the five is insufficient, but the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) decided to press these charges.

The DSI Director-General will make a final judgement.

It has been seven months since the suspects were arrested and detained, but the first trial has not yet started.

The deposition hearing was rescheduled to 20 April 2015.

The five suspects were earlier indicted for possession of unauthorized and illegal weapons of war, such as M79 grenade launchers, M16s, HK33s and explosive devices.

The five suspects are:  

- Kittisak Soomsri, 45, a Bangkok native

- Preecha Yooyen, 24, from northern Chiang Mai Province

- Ronnarit Suricha, 33, from northeastern Ubon Ratchathani Province

- Chamnan Pakeechai, 45, from Bangkok

- Punika Chusri, 39, from Bangkok

The five have remained in custody since September last year. The court repeatedly denied the suspects’ bail requests, citing the severity of the crime and flight risk.

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