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Ex-policeman carrying sixty-two rounds of M79 grenades ready to explode on his motorcycle during UDD rally gets 10 years in jail. 

M79 grenade launcher being loaded (Source: Wikipedia).

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Ex-cop gets 10 years over illegal arms

31 Jan 2013
Online Reporters

M79 grenade launcher (Source: Wikipedia)

The Criminal Court on Thursday sentenced to ten years in jail a former policeman arrested with a large number of M79 grenades and fuses during a rally of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) in 2010.

The ex-policeman, Pol Sgt-Maj Parinya Maneekhot, 40, was stopped for a search while riding a motorcycle past a security checkpoint on Vibhavadi-Rangsit highway in Don Muang district of Bangkok on April 28, 2510.

Pol Sgt-Maj Parinya refused to be searched and fled into Vibhavadi Soi 1. While he was fleeing, a plastic bag dropped from the rear of his motorcycle. The bag was recovered by the police who followed him from the checkpoint.

Sixty-two rounds of M79 grenades completed with fuses were found in the plastic bag along with a police ID card identifying him as a police officer attached to Khu Khot district police in Pathum Thani province.

Pol Sgt-Maj Parinya was later arrested.

The prosecutors on Mar 3, 2011 filed a lawsuit with the Criminal Court, charging him with illegal possession of war weapons with intent to sell in violation of the Arms and Explosives Act. 

In court, Pol Sgt-Maj Parinya said he was ordered by his superiors to mingle among UDD protesters on intelligence mission and denied the M79 rounds were in his possession. However, he could not produce evidence to show he was acting on an order from his commanders.

The court found him guilty of having war weapons in possession with intent to sell and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment.

Pol Sgt-Maj Parinya's lawyer said he would appeal.

(Source: Bangkok Post, Breakingnews, Ex-cop gets 10 years over illegal arms, 31 Jan 2013, Online Reporters, link

 
Illegal Arms Possession Vocabulary

arms - guns and bombs and anything that can be used to hurt and kill people อาวุธ
illegal - against the law ผิดกฎหมาย, นอกกฎหมาย
illegal arms

weapons - อาวุธ
war weapons - weapons that can kill and injure many people (used in wars)

possession - having or owning something การครอบครอง
illegal possession - having something that is against the law to have

illegal possession of weapons
illegal possession of war weapons

grenade - hand grenade ลูกระเบิดเล็ก (See Wikipedia)
M79 grenade launcher - a single shot grenade launcher that dates back to the Vietnam War that was in common use during the 2010 protests (See Wikipedia)

2010 Thai political protests - (See Wikipedia)

cop - (informal) a police officer ตำรวจ (คำสแลง)
ex-cop - a person who was a police officer in the past but is not a police officer now

ex-cop gets 10 years over illegal arms

rally - a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something การชุมนุม การชุมนุมประท้วง รวมตัวกันเพื่อสนับสนุน หรือประท้วง

arrested with a large number of M79 grenades and fuses during a rally  

refuse - say "no" you will not do something
refused to be searched

security - the activity of making safe or protecting from harm ความปลอดภัย
checkpoint - a place where people are stopped and questioned and vehicles are examined, especially at a border between two countries ด่านตรวจ
security
checkpoint

search - to look somewhere carefully in order to find something ค้นหา
stopped for a search - the police told them to stop their car or motorcycle in order to search them
stopped for a search while riding past a security checkpoint

The ex-policeman, Pol Sgt-Maj Parinya Maneekhot, 40, was stopped for a search while riding a motorcycle past a security checkpoint on Vibhavadi-Rangsit highway in Don Muang district of Bangkok on April 28, 2510.

flee -
to run away
fleeing - running away now (happening now, not finished)
fled - ran away already (finished)

refused to be searched and fled

Pol Sgt-Maj Parinya refused to be searched and fled into Vibhavadi Soi 1.

rear - back ด้านหลัง
the rear of his motorcycle

drop bag from rear of motorcycle
a plastic bag dropped from the
rear of his motorcycle

recover -
when someone finds something that someone lost
the bag was recovered by police

While he was fleeing, a plastic bag dropped from the rear of his motorcycle. The bag was recovered by police who followed him from the checkpoint.

round
- a bullet or one shot fired from a gun or weapon นัด (กระสุน)
sixty-two rounds of M79 grenades

fuse - grenade fuse, the thing you pull off to make a grenade explode (See Wikipedia)

complete with X ... - includes X (which is needed for it to be complete) 
grenades complete with fuses

Sixty-two rounds of M79 grenades complete with fuses

ID card -
identification card บัตรประจำตัวประชาชน
police ID card

identifying
- can name the person, know who the person is ระบุชื่อ
a police ID card identifying him as a police officer

Sixty-two rounds of M79 grenades complete with fuses were found in the plastic bag along with a police ID card identifying him as a police officer attached to Khu Khot district police in Pathum Thani province. Pol Sgt-Maj Parinya was later arrested.

prosecutor - a person who brings a criminal legal case against someone for the government ผู้ฟ้องร้อง, โจทก์

file - to take official action, e.g., to make a formal complaint ยื่นฟ้องร้อง
lawsuit - a case that a court of law is asked to decide involving a disagreement between two people or organisations คดีที่อยู่ในระหว่างการฟ้องร้อง
file a lawsuit

intent - your plan or purpose จุดประสงค์
intent to sell - having a plan to sell something

charge - when the police and government formally accuse someone of a crime to put them on trial กล่าวหา, กล่าวโทษ
charging him with illegal possession of war weapons with intent to sell

violation - an action that is against a law, agreement, principle, etc. การฝ่าฝืนกฎหมาย
in violation of a law
in violation of the Arms and Explosives Act

The prosecutors on Mar 3, 2011 filed a lawsuit with the Criminal Court, charging him with illegal possession of war weapons with intent to sell in violation of the Arms and Explosives Act. 

superiors - people who are senior (having a higher position) to you in an organisation ผู้บังคับบัญชา
ordered by his superiors to

mingle - to move around in a group of people, especially at a social event
mingle among protesters

intelligence - information collected about the secret plans of an enemy, criminal organisations, competitors, etc. ข่าวกรอง ข้อมูลลับ
mission - an important job, especially a military one, that someone is sent somewhere to do งาน
intelligence mission - when a person travels to a place in secret to gather information about something

deny - say something is not true

In the court, Pol Sgt-Maj Parinya said he was ordered by his superiors to mingle among UDD protesters on an intelligence mission and denied the M79 rounds were in his possession.

order - something that a person tells you to do (you must do) คำสั่ง
act on an order - do what you were ordered to do

commander
 ผู้บังคับบัญชา,  หัวหน้า,  ผู้ออกคำสั่ง
acting on an order from his commanders

evidence - information that shows and proves something to be true หลักฐาน
produce evidence to show ...
he could not produce evidence to show he was acting on an order from his commanders

guilty
- proven to have committed a crime มีความผิด
found him guilty of

imprisonment - the punishment of being put in prison จำคุก
10 years imprisonment

sentence - give a person some punishment after they have been found to have done a crime in a court of law (found guilty)  พิพากษา,  ตัดสินให้
sentence to 10 years
imprisonment
the court sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment

The court found him guilty of having war weapons in possession with intent to sell and sentenced him to 10 years imprisonment.

appeal - a request that a court change a decision of a lower court อุทธรณ์ ยื่นอุทธรณ์  ขออุทธรณ์
Pol Sgt-Maj Parinya's lawyer said he would appeal.

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