Bail for police suspects in murder case to stay

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BANGKOK, May 1 – A request by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to revoke bail for two police officers in connection with the disappearance of Saudi businessman Mohammad al-Ruwaili was rejected by the Criminal Court today.

The two policemen, Lt Gen Somkid Boonthanom and Lt Col Suradej Udomdee, were granted temporary freedom after they were charged with implicating in the al-Ruwaili case.

Another suspect, Pol Lt Col Suwichai Kaewpaleuk, has been protected by the DSI as a crucial witness.

DSI Director General Tarit Pengdith told the court that the suspect-turned-witness has been intimidated by the two police officers who have been released on bail.

Mr Tarit said the two officers gave information to the media for 20 consecutive days – inappropriate behaviour which could jeopardise the court’s trial.

The court instructed the two officers to refrain from harassing the witness or giving the public any information that may affect the trial.