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Enough people are sceptical about claims that redshirts received assassination training in Cambodia that the DSI had to make a clarification. 

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DSI expands Siem Reap terror probe


Agency defends red shirt camp allegations

Panitan: Cambodia report ‘preliminary’

The Department of Special Investigation is seeking to substantiate claims it made that a group of red shirt supporters underwent weapons training in Cambodia after Phnom Penh strenuously denied the allegation.

Eleven men were arrested on Oct 2 at Doi Ku Fah resort in Chiang Mai's Mae On subdistrict. They allegedly told DSI investigators they were among 39 red shirt supporters who received training in Siem Reap in preparation to assassinate key public figures, including former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban.

Panitan Wattanayagorn, the prime minister's deputy secretary-general, said the DSI was now trying to verify the claims.

Mr Panitan said Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and his Cambodian counterpart, Hun Sen, had discussed the issue on the sidelines of the Asia-Europe Summit in Brussels last week. Cambodia had promised to investigate the claims.

Cambodian government spokesman Phay Siphan on Monday denied any red shirts had received weapons training in the country, calling the allegation a"made-up story to blame Cambodia".

Mr Panitan said the DSI's reports of a training camp in Cambodia were based on preliminary information, but an investigation was underway to look into the travel records of those alleged to have trained there.

The Centre for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation had assigned officers to closely monitor the movements of certain groups bent on inciting unrest, he said.

National Security Council (NSC) secretary-general Thawil Pliensri yesterday denied the DSI had fabricated the story about the weapons training.

Mr Thawil said DSI investigator Phayao Thongsen was only repeating what the 11 suspects told him.

Justice Minister Pirapan Salirathavibhaga said some of the confessions obtained from the 11 suspects matched information received by security authorities.

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sceptical – having doubts about something that other people think is true or right สงสัย
expand – to make or become larger ขยาย
terror – violence used for making people very frightened in order to achieve political aims การก่อการร้าย  การสร้างความหวาดกลัว
probe – an attempt to find out the truth about an issue, problem or accident, made by an official group (or by the media); an investigation การตรวจสอบ  การสอบสวน
defend – to say things to support someone or something ปกป้อง
allegation – an accusation; a statement that someone has done something wrong or illegal even though this has not been proved ข้อกล่าวหา
Department of Special Investigation – a police department investigating serious crimes involving influential people, organised crime, or crimes using highly sophisticated technology กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ
substantiate – to show something to be true, or to support a claim with facts พิสูจน์, ยืนยัน
undergo – to experience something which is unpleasant or which involves a change ประสบ (เหตุการณ์ในด้านลบ)
strenuously – strong; needing or using a lot of physical or mental effort or energy ขยันขันแข็ง, ซึ่งต้องใช้กำลังมาก
deny – to say that something is not true or does not exist ปฏิเสธ
arrest – (of the police) to take someone to a police station because they are believed to have committed a crime จับกุม
assassinate – to kill a famous or important person, especially for political reasons การลอบฆ่า
key – most important  ที่สำคัญ
public figure – a well-known person
verify – to prove that something is true, or to make certain that something is correct พิสูจน์ว่าเป็นความจริง
counterpart – someone or something that has the same job or purpose as another person or thing, but in a different country, time, situation, or organisation (in this case, both are coaches) ผู้ที่คล้ายกันมาก
issue – a problem that needs to be considered ประเด็น
on the sidelines – outside of a event, i.e., not an actual part of the event
summit – a meeting or a series of meetings between leaders of two or more countries การประชุมสุดยอด
made-up – fabricated; invented or produced in order to deceive  สร้างข้อมูลหรือเรื่องราวที่ไม่เป็นความจริง
preliminary – coming before the main or most important part of something   เบื้องต้น, ขั้นต้น, ขั้นแรก
underway – happening  กำลังเกิดขึ้น
resolution – solving a problem, or to finding a satisfactory way of dealing with it  การแก้ไขปัญหา
emergency – an unexpected situation involving danger in which immediate action is necessary เหตุฉุกเฉิน
monitor – to regularly check something or watch someone in order to find out what is happening  ตรวจสอบ ตรวจตรา
incite – to encourage people to be violent or commit crimes by making them angry or excited ยั่วยุ ยุยงให้เกิดความรุนแรง
unrest – angry or violent behaviour by people who are protesting or fighting against something สถานการณ์ที่ไม่สงบ
fabricate – to invent or produce something false in order to deceive  สร้างข้อมูลหรือเรื่องราวที่ไม่เป็นความจริง
suspect – a person who is thought to have committed a crime ผู้ต้องสงสัย
confession – admitting that you have done something wrong or illegal การสารภาพผิด
obtain – to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult ได้มา, ได้รับ
authorities – people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ
match – to be very similar to something else ซึ่งไม่คู่ควร

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