Court approves detention of insurgent suspect

Court approves detention of insurgent suspect

Mahamarormuelee Samae is questioned at Ingkayutthaboriharn camp in Pattani's Nong Chik district on Thursday about alleged involvement in insurgent attacks in Khok Pho district last month. (Photo by Abdullah Benjakat)
Mahamarormuelee Samae is questioned at Ingkayutthaboriharn camp in Pattani's Nong Chik district on Thursday about alleged involvement in insurgent attacks in Khok Pho district last month. (Photo by Abdullah Benjakat)

The Criminal Court on Friday approved the Department of Special Investigation's (DSI) request to further detain for questioning a suspected insurgent who was arrested on Thursday after 14 years in hiding.

Mahamarormuelee Samae, 56, a resident of Yala, was taken into custody by the DSI on Oct 3 at  Ingkayutthaboriharn camp in Pattani's Nong Chik district, where he was interviewed about the bomb and gun attacks in Pattani's Khok Pho district last month.

The 56-year-old suspect was accused of colluding with others in recruiting people for the Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) and wanted by the DSI for his alleged involvement in insurgency activities between 1993-2004. The court issued a warrant for his arrest on Jan 7, 2005.

On Friday, the Criminal Court approved his detention for 12 days, from Oct 4-15.

Mr Mahamarormuelee is also accused of being involved in the Sept 16 attacks on a teacher protection unit in Khok Pho district in which two people were killed and four others wounded. It is alleged that he procured mobile phones and SIM cards for the attackers.

Police found one of the SIM cards at the scene and traced it to Mr Mahamarormuelee, a religious teacher at a school in Satun.


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