Mother calls for probe into guards' attack on son

national May 05, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Colonel Wittawat Wattanakul's mother called for progress yesterday on an investigation into an attack by People's Democratic Reform Committee guards on her son - and returned some Bt50,000 in compensation offered by Phra Buddha Issara.

Bang-ornrat Wattanakul showed up at Thung Song Hong Police Station with family members and a lawyer.
“I’m here as a mother who must protect her own son, following untrue words made after the incident,” she said.
On the night of April 25, Col Wittawat was shot in the leg and assaulted near the anti-government group’s Chaeng Wattana rally site – under the control of Buddha Issara – while driving home. He was sent to Mongkut Wattana Hospital and his condition is stable.
Bang-ornrat rebutted the hearsay that her son was intoxicated that night and urinated on the anti-PDRC’s bunker. Her son had never been intoxicated and did not behave badly, she said.
She said that her son was driving home and got out of his car and removed cones that were blocking traffic. He was then shot in the leg.
She said her frantic son yelled for help and hid behind a tree. PDRC guards then assaulted him, causing severe damage to a vein. 
After searching his car and seeing his ID, a guard told his colleagues to stop the assault and get the officer to the hospital.
Bang-ornrat pleaded for Buddha Issara to hand over the guards to police, saying they should be punished. 
She asked to see the missing closed circuit TV at the scene and asked the monk to move the rally site elsewhere, as it had caused trouble for residents on Chaeng Wattana Road.
She also questioned why the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand had not taken any action, following several incidents in the area.
Bang-ornrat thanked the guards for “not killing him [her son] and tossing his body in a river”. 
“It is a kindness that can’t be compared to anything,” she said.

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