Panda food delivery boy denies charge of lèse majesté
A Panda foodservice delivery man has vehemently denied allegations of burning a royal portrait during Sunday’s anti-government demonstration, claiming he was trying to put out the flames.
Pathum Thani police arrested Sitthichoke Setsawet on Monday and charged him with lèse majesté, arson and violating the Covid19 emergency decree against public gatherings.
The suspect was questioned at Nang Loeng Police Station, where he admitted to taking part in the protest but denied setting fire to the royal portrait, the deputy police said. Chief of the Metropolitan Police, General Piya Tawichai.
“However, the police have evidence showing that the suspect burned a royal photograph,” he said, adding that Mr. Sitthichoke will be detained at the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road.
The general further stated that police questioned 16 detained protesters for their participation in last Sunday’s demonstration.
“Intelligence is gathering evidence to issue arrest warrants against other protesters who allegedly participated in the anti-government protest on Sunday,” he added.
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd and used water cannons to band the protesters by breaking a barrier erected by the government building.
The protesters demanded the resignation of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his government, cuts to the monarchy’s military and budget during the pandemic, and the import of mRNA vaccines to fight the rise in Covid-19 infections.
Meanwhile, Mr. Sitthichoke that he tried to extinguish the flames of the royal portrait.
She added that he was at the protest site on Sunday delivering food to protesters. She also asked social media users to stop judging her boyfriend by sharing false information.
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