Police nab `Red Shirt` guard over Bangkok arson
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 16:08
Bangkok: Thai police said today they had arrested a "Red Shirt" guard in connection with an arson attack on the country's biggest shopping mall in May, which followed two months of anti-government protests.

Saichon Paebua, 28, from the central province of Chainat, was arrested in Bangkok late yesterday for his alleged involvement in the fire at the capital's Central World mall, which was left gutted by the blaze and partly collapsed.

A Bangkok district court issued his arrest warrant on June 1 after he was seen in photographs breaking glass windows and walking inside the mall on the afternoon of May 19, the day of the blaze.

Saichon, who was employed by the "Red Shirts" as a guard during the rally, confirmed he was the person in the footage but denied arson charges.

"He can deny but police will send him to the court as we have clear evidence against him," King Kwangwisetchaicharn, commander of Chanasongkram Police station in Bangkok, told.

Police have issued three other warrants for suspected arsonists.

The Red Shirts, who are campaigning for elections to replace a government they say is illegitimate, mounted two months of rolling demonstrations in March that saw clashes and blasts that left 89 dead and 1,900 injured.


First Published: Tuesday, June 08, 2010, 16:08

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