Ramet Rattanachaweng, a member of the legal team of the opposition Democrat Party, was formally questioned by police for the first time yesterday after he was assaulted on Dec 17 in Bangkok.
Democrat Party deputy spokesman Ramet Rattanachaweng answers questions from police at his bedside about the attack he suffered on Dec 17 in the Bang Na area. He has been receiving treatment at the Klang Hospital in Bangkok. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
Bang Na police questioned Mr Ramet, also the Democrat deputy spokesman, at his bedside in Klang Hospital on Lan Luang Road.
Other Democrat legal specialists including Nipit Intharasombat were present during the questioning.
Mr Ramet was hospitalised after he was beaten up by a group of men near his condominium in the Bang Na area on Dec 17.
He said after the police questioning that he could not be completely certain about the reason for the attack although he had said before that it might have been politically motivated.
Mr Ramet said he was knocked unconscious during the beating and did not see the faces of the attackers.
He said he did not expect the police to make any progress in the case.
On the police suggestion that the attack might have resulted from personal conflicts or an affair with a woman, Mr Ramet said he had never had a conflict with anyone and, being unmarried, had never committed adultery.
Mr Ramet said his party's legal team was compiling information and he will speak publicly again about the case after he is discharged from hospital.
He said he had partially recovered but still felt pain in his ribs. He also had problems with his balance and could not hear well with his right ear.
He was undergoing physical therapy at the hospital.
Mr Ramet said he believed he was attacked because of his handling of the Democrat Party's legal cases involving the party leader and defamation cases of party MPs.
One of the cases was a petition against Pol Lt Col Kamronwit Thoopkrachang, the Metropolitan Police chief.
Before the attack, he received several threatening calls and had suspicions he was being followed.
Chuwit Praditbatuka, director of Klang Hospital, said Mr Ramet had improved considerably and expected him to be released from the hospital soon.
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