Assailant of serial petitioner Srisuwan sentenced to 15 days

A man who physically assaulted serial petitioner Srisuwan Janya has been sentenced to 15 days in prison and fined 107,000 baht.

On 20 September 2023, Phattarapong Supakson, known as Lawyer Un Buriram, posted on Facebook details of the case of his client Weerawit ‘Sak’ Rungruangsiripol, who physically assaulted Srisuwan Janya, Secretary-General of the Association to Protect the Thai Constitution, as he was giving an interview to the media outside the Central Investigation Bureau on 18 October 2022.

The attack came after Srisuwan filed a complaint against Udom ‘Nose’ Taepanich, a Thai comedian and artist, for allegedly violating the law in his stand-up comedy performance on Netflix, which mentioned former Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Phattarapong stated that Weerawit was initially sentenced to 30 days in prison, later reduced to 15 days. The court also ordered Weerawit to pay 107,000 in compensation to Srisuwan. He added that Weerawit had been initially accused of premeditated assault, which carries a maximum penalty of up to 3 years in prison. Despite pleading guilty, the court ruled that the circumstances did not constitute a premeditated act. The court convicted him of a petty offence, punishable with imprisonment of not more than 1 month.

Weerawit’s attorney also stated that Srisuwan had filed two criminal charges against Weerawit. The first was for causing physical or mental injury to another person under Section 295 of the Criminal Code. The other charge was for premeditated assault. Srisuwan also filed a civil lawsuit seeking compensation of 1,000,000 baht.

Phattarapong stated his client’s intention to appeal.

On 18 October 2023, serial petitioner Srisuwan went to the Central Investigation Bureau to request an investigation of Udom’s alleged crime. While he was giving an interview to the press, Weerawit approached him and launched several punches and kicks.

Srisuwan Janya is well-known for his numerous complaints against well-known figures in Thailand, including Bangkok Governor Chadchart Sittipunt and two social media influencers Nurat and Mom Dew.

 

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