POLICE YESTERDAY denied they had beaten up the so-called "popcorn gunman" suspect to extract a confession that he was involved in the shooting incident at Laksi one day before the February 2 election.
Puangtip Bunsanong, lawyer for Wiwat Yodprasit, who is widely known as the “popcorn gunman”, claims her client was assaulted by police to force him to confess to the charges.
National police chief Pol General Adul Saengsingkaew insisted that Wiwat was not a scapegoat as some observers had claimed.
Pol Colonel Athip Pongsiwapai, superintendent of Thung Song Hong Police Station, said the claim that the police beat the suspect to make him confess was groundless. He said the suspect had the right to change his statement and it would be up to the court’s judgement.
“We have solid evidence, footage from a security camera and images from the social media networks. It is impossible that police who arrested him beat him up,” he said.
Athip said police would check evidence which would be used to seek court approval for issuing an arrest warrant for Sumet, or Men, Trakulwunnu, an anti-government protest guard chief at the Chaeng Wattana rally base.
Police want Sumet on charges of illegally harbouring Wiwat after he allegedly committed a crime.
The court earlier rejected a police request to issue an arrest warrant for Sumet without giving a reason, Athip said.