Nitirat campaign to continue despite bashing

national March 04, 2012 00:00

By The Nation on Sunday

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The Campaign Committee for the Amendment of Article 112 (CCAA 112) yesterday dismissed a suggestion that the group stop the campaign after its key member was assaulted last week.

CCAA 112 member Suthachai Yimprasert said the group believed Thammasat University lecturer Somsak Chiamsakul made his suggestion out of good intention as he feared for the committee’s safety. However, his group would not suspend its campaign and would continue gathering signatures to petition for the amendment of the lese majeste clause in the Criminal Code in Ubon Ratchathani and Rayong this weekend.

He said the campaign had met opposition from local politicians but there had not been any violent incident except the attack on Worachet Pakeerut, which he himself regarded as a minor drama.
“We have made progress this far, [but] we must continue and cannot stop in the middle, because otherwise, how can we explain to the people who gave their signatures to support the move?’’ he said.
Twin brothers Supot and Supat Silarat confessed to police that they punched Worachet 
in the Thammasat University car park, knowing full well that the attack would be caught on security cameras. The brothers, who make a living selling clothes, admitted they disliked Worachet for spearheading a public campaign to amend Section 112 of the Criminal Code.
Supot has previously been arrested in a criminal case involving firearms, while Supat has faced physical assault charges on four separate occasions.
Meanwhile, Pol Lt-Colonel Nattakorn Kumsab, deputy superintendent at Chana Songkhram station, said Chao Phraya Hospital physicians had already endorsed their opinion about Worachet’s injuries and police would receive their finding on Monday. 
He said police might seek to increase the charge that the twins face depending on the doctors’ opinion and the suspects’ past criminal records. The case against the suspects would be filed at Dusit District Court this week.

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