ISSN 2330-717X

Thailand: Military Hospital Bomber Faces 31 Years In Prison

By

By Wilawan Watcharasakwet

A retired engineer who admitted to setting off a pipe bomb that injured 21 people at a Bangkok military hospital on the third anniversary of Thailand’s latest military coup is to spend 31 years in prison, after a court convicted and sentenced him on Wednesday.

Watana Pumret, 62, confessed to planting a bomb packed with nails that exploded on May 22 near Phra Mongkutklao Hospital’s Wongsuwan Room, which was established as a tribute to Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, the current deputy prime minister. The blast struck an area frequented by military officials.

Wednesday’s verdict and sentencing covered all charges against Watana.

“Punishment will be for every act – life imprisonment for the explosion causing serious injuries, three years imprisonment for assembling a device that exploded, one year imprisonment for possession of explosive devices without permission and a fine of 1,000 baht (U.S. $30.65) for bringing an explosive device into a public place without permission,” the court ruled. “The defendant confessed, the penalty is reduced to half.”

The total penalty is a 27-year sentence and a 500 baht ($15.33) fine. These are added to a four-year sentence and 975 baht ($30) fine following Watana’s conviction on related charges in September.

Watana, supported by his wife and relatives, signed a form accepting the verdict. The couple hugged before he was taken off to prison.

Leaving the courtroom, Watana ignored reporters who asked if he would appeal the verdict.

In June, authorities announced that the retired engineer had confessed to setting off the bomb.

Watana said he acted alone because he despised the military-controlled government headed by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, the Bangkok Post reported. He said he did not want to hurt anyone, but wanted to make a statement against the government.

On May 22, 2014, Prayuth, then an army general, led a coup that toppled the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. He became Thailand’s 29th prime minister and appointed Prawit to two ministerial posts.

Thailand has been rocked by at least nine successful coups since 1932.


Enjoy the article? Then please consider donating today to ensure that Eurasia Review can continue to be able to provide similar content.


BenarNews

BenarNews

BenarNews’ mission is to provide readers with accurate news and information that reflects the complex and ever-changing world around them. With homepages in Bengali, Thai, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and English, BenarNews brings timely news to its diverse audience. Copyright BenarNews. Used with the permission of BenarNews

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

CLOSE
CLOSE

Notice: Undefined variable: font_family in /home/eurasiar_bak/public_html/wp-content/plugins/gdpr-cookie-compliance/moove-modules.php on line 282