Worachet’s assailants immediately released-PPT
March 5, 2012
Political Prisoners in Thailand: March 1, 2012
Prachatai has a disturbing story regarding the twin brothers who attacked Nitirat academic Worachet Pakeerut.
Suphot and Suphat Silarat, 30, turned themselves in to police, admitting that they had assaulted Worachet. According to the report, “[t]hey were charged with collaborating to commit a premeditated attack, causing physical and mental injuries.” The police released them!
The police say that “[s]ince they turned themselves in to police, they were temporarily released. The police had to wait for medical reports on Worachet’s injuries before bringing the two suspects to court.”
Apparently they were released without bail being required even though they may be subject to “imprisonment of up to three years and/or a fine of up to 6,000 baht” and “Suphat has been charged with committing physical attacks at several police precincts in northern Bangkok and Pathum Thani.” In addition, Suphot has a Facebook account and his photo section shows “pictures of guns and gun testing.” This includes a picture of one of the twins with a sniper’s rifle.
After reporting to the police, the suspects told reporters “that they disagreed with Nitirat which is running a campaign on Article 112.” They also threatened reporters. The police stated that “the father of the suspects said that Worachet deserved it and his sons were radicals.”
PPT draws attention to two issues. The first is that the pictures show the twins with arms, including a sniper’s rifle and ammunition. This reminds us of the attacks on red shirts in April and May 2010. The second is the double standards of releasing violent men with no bail. Think of Sondhi Limthongkul getting bail and of People’s Alliance for Democracy activists getting bail on very serious charges. Then consider all the red shirts denied bail. Think of old men charged with lese majeste repeatedly refused bail as “flight risks.” And think of all the lese majeste victims repeatedly asking for bail and being refused on remarkably flimsy grounds.
The double standards involved are breathtaking.