Nitirat leader attacked at Thammasat-Bangkok Post

March 5, 2012

Bangkok Post: February 29, 2012

Law lecturer Vorajate Pakeerat, leader of the Nitirat (enlightened jurists) group, was punched in the face by an unidentified man at Thammasat University’s Tha Phrachan campus on Wednesday afternoon, reports said.

Dr. Worachet Pakeerat

Thanapol Aiewsakul, editor of Fah Diew Kan magazine, was quoted as saying said two men arrived on the campus on a motorcycle.

They waited for Mr Vorajate in a car park in front of the law faculty building. When he showed up, one of them punched him in the face several times. Both men then fled.

Mr Vorajate suffered cuts and bruises, was left bleeding, and his spectacles were broken. He was quickly taken to Thonburi Hospital for a medical examination.

Pol Lt Col Ekkarat Pao-in, deputy police chief at Chanasongkram police station, was leading a team inspecting the scene and viewing video footage from security cameras, Mr Thanapol said.

The Nitirat group, comprising seven Thammasat law professors, has proposed an amendment to Section 112 of the Criminal Code, or the lese majeste law, and a rewrite of Chapter 2 of the constitution, which covers the monarchy.

The proposal has stirred up bitter debate between academics, politicians and civil groups.

Two men who attacked law lecturer Vorajate Pakeerat are caught on security cameras at Thammasat University on Feb 29, 2012.

Identical twins, Suphot and Suphat Silarat, on Thursday reported to Chana Songkhram police and confessed to attacking Nitirat leader Worachet Pakeerut. [The Nation]

Suphot and Suphat, 30 both, told police they had a grudge against Worachet because he was spearheading the movement to amend the lese majeste law.


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