A Thai royalist, Kanetpitnuthep Chakraphobmahadecha, commonly known as “K 100 million”, was arrested on Sunday, October 23rd, for attacking the former leader of the Future Forward Party Thanathorn Juangrungruangkit at the National Book Fair at Queen Sirikit National Convention Center.
Footage taken by event participants caught the moment when Kanetpitnuthep was aggressively approaching Thanathorn before punching him in the face and attempting to strangle him while he was giving autographs at a Progressive Movement booth in the afternoon.
The suspect was also reportedly yelling “I have a bomb”, forcing everyone to run for their lives and causing chaos in the event. However, there was no bomb found when he was captured and searched by security.
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Later, Kanetpitnuthep was taken for legal proceedings at Lumpini Police Station initially for the charge of giving a false statement that caused panic among the public under Section 384. He would be liable to imprisonment for a maximum of one month or a fine of a maximum ten thousand baht or both. He would be facing other charges also as Thanathorn was preparing to file more charges against him.
During the acknowledgement, the attacker told the police that he only approached Thanathorn only to rebuke him and did not physically attack him or touch him in any way, but he was attacked by Thanathon’s guards.
As of 8:45 PM., Kanetpitnuthep was escorted by the police for mental treatment at a hospital due to his psychological health background.
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