Bullets fired at historian's home

national February 13, 2014 00:00

By Pravit Rojanaphruk
The Nation

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THE HOME of outspoken Thammasat University historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul was hit by gunshots in an attack yesterday.

Somsak, a leading critic of the lese majeste law and the royal institution, posted a message on his Facebook account yesterday saying that unknown assailants entered his home and fired both real and rubber bullets.

His property was damaged and the incident took place while he was at home at midday.

Somsak was last week warned by the Army against committing a lese majeste offence on Facebook, a charge he denied.

While he could not be reached at press time yesterday, Somsak told The Nation last week after the Army made the allegations that he was taking extra safety precautions. He was concerned about allegations made against him by the anti-government People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) during its attempts to oust the caretaker Yingluck Shinawatra administration.

Somsak is regarded as a red shirt and has a cult following among opponents of the lese majeste law, which stipulates that anyone found defaming the monarchy could be imprisoned for as long as 15 years.