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Democrat baffled by home raid
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Democrat baffled by home raid

Source - ASSAWIN PINITWONG Bangkok Post
Thursday, June 08, 2017

Deputy Democrat leader Chaiwuti Bannawat is shocked by the surprise raid carried out by 50 police and military officers on his house in Tak, which has also been subject to two similar operations in the past.

Following the raid on his house in Mae Sot district yesterday morning, Mr Chaiwuti said on a phone interview that he was worried by authorities' actions, given that he does not know the reasons for the operation.

He was in Bangkok during the raid, said he had "never been contacted by authorities" prior to the incident.

Mr Chaiwuti, a former Democrat MP and a former industry minister, insists his house, which is located opposite a private school, does not have any illegal items.
The operation, which lasted about two hours, saw the officers surround his house and seal off the area. Reporters were banned from entering and taking photos.

The officers, who found no any irregularities, briefly said the raid was carried out "following an order from their commander", without providing further explanations.

Although residents in the house, including Mr Chaiwuti's younger brother, Wisut, were cooperative during the search, the operation alarmed people in the vicinity, especially parents who were taking their children to the school.

Soldiers from the 14th Task Force and Mae Sot police officers reportedly also surrounded a luxury mansion in a simultaneous mission yesterday. The residence, located in downtown Mae Sot, belongs to a well-known businessman who is said to have close ties with a former interior minister.

However, the businessman, whose name begins with the letter "T", was not in the house during the search.

Authorities again prohibited any photos taking and did not provide explanations.



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