Police release images of two arson suspects

The Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) has released photos of two men suspected of being involved in the arson that burned down CentralWorld and Zen department store during the 2010 political violence.

Photos of two men suspected of being involved in the torching of CentralWorld and Zen department store during the 2010 political violence. METROPOLITAN POLICE BUREAU

The release of the photos comes just days after ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced he was putting up a 10-million-baht reward for anyone who could help catch the CentralWorld arsonists.

The announcement on Sunday was in response to Democrat Party allegations that red-shirt protesters torched the shopping mall.

MPB chief Kamronwit Thoopkrachang said yesterday a team of investigators had spent about 40 days working on the case since April 10. The team had made significant progress, and has now come up with images, he said.

The shopping centre was set ablaze during riots after the military moved in to disperse red-shirt demonstrators at Ratchaprasong intersection in central Bangkok on May 19, 2010.

Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit said evidence included photos and closed-circuit video footage which showed one man using a flag pole to smash the glass door of Zen department store while the other man looked on. He said the photos of the two men match the pictures of suspects for whom the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has obtained arrest warrants.

Police have also released pictures of another six people obtained from CCTV footage who they believe might also have been involved.

Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit urged these suspects to contact police for questioning.

The MPB will offer a cash reward to anyone providing information leading to the suspects' arrest, he said.

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