Abhisit calls on police to investigate attack on Rames Rattana
Abhisit shows photo of Rames who was attacked Monday night.
BANGKOK: -- Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva on Tuesday called on the government and police chief to speed up their investigation into an attack against Democrat deputy spokesman Rames Rattana.
Abhisit said he was certain that the attack against Rames, who was badly injured late Monday night, was political intimidation. Rames also acts as a lawyer having handled several cases for the party.
Rames was hit on his head at the Palm Condo Town 1 on Soi Bang Na Trat 19 late Monday night and rushed to the Bang Na Hospital. Rames was attacked by a man riding pillion on a motorbike after he parking his car in the condominium compound. He was hit while standing to check things inside his car.
Rames apparently anticipated his attack as he had earlier alerted security officers at the condominium to watch out for people who might be trailing him, said Pol Maj Gen Parinya Chansuriya, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.
Parinya said the condominium had no security cameras so police would have to check feeds of security cameras around the area.
Democrat MP Somchai Lohsathapornpipit, the chairman of the House committee on police affairs, said Rames told him he had been intimidated after filing a complaint against Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Kamronwit Thuprajang. The complaint seeking disciplinary action against Kamronwit was submitted to then national police chief Pol Gen Priewphan Damapong.
The House panel chairman said Rames had also filed a complaint with police that he had been followed by possible assailants.
-- The Nation 2012-12-18