Monk 'will have guards surrender'

national April 29, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Police say Phra Buddha Issara, leader of the People's Democratic Reform Committee at the Chaeng Wattana Road rally site, has told them he will ask for five PDRC guards who allegedly attacked a military intelligence officer last week to turn themselves in

Thung Song Hong police chief Colonel Atip Pongsivapai said police told the senior monk that they would charge 10 guards with attempted murder. 

Last Thursday night, Colonel Wittawat Wattanakul was sent to Mongkutwattana Hospital after being shot and assaulted near the anti-government group’s Chaeng Wattana rally site while driving home. 
A PDRC chief guard visited him in hospital on Friday and yesterday and apologised, saying the guards shot him in the foot because they feared he was part of a group that wanted to attack protesters.
Police set a bail guarantee of Bt450,000 for each guard.
Phra Buddha Issara said he would use the title deed of Wat Onoi, where he is the abbot, as surety when seeking bail for the guards.
The monk said someone was trying to inflame the situation between PDRC guards and the military because two bullets were fired at the Royal Thai Armed Forces headquarters on Friday night. 

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