The Metropolitan Police Bureau announced the arrest of pro-democracy activist and singer Ammy “Bottom Blues”, or Chai-amorn Kaewviboon, at the early hour of this morning, March 3rd, after being wanted by the police for allegedly setting fire to the portrait of His Majesty the King in front of Khlong Prem prison on Sunday morning.
Police Lieutenant General Pakkapong Pongpetra, the commissioner of Metropolitan Police Bureau, told reporters this afternoon that Ammy was detained at a rented room in Ayutthaya Province at about 1:00 AM. He was taken to the nearest hospital in the province for initial treatment as he claimed injuries to his left shoulder and pelvis.
The singer was initially charged with Section 112 of lese majeste, burning property, and mischief charges, according to the arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Court. He is facing 20 years in prison for mischief charges and a life imprisonment penalty for the lese majeste charge.
“We observed the CCTV footage and spotted two other associates, a man and a woman. They managed to escape the scene and police were investigating to capture both of them,” Pakkapong stated.
Prior to this arrest, the pro-democracy artist was granted bail in several political cases and was still in the process of being investigated in many other cases. Therefore, investigators are requesting a bail objection as he was frequently violating the law in similar crimes.
Ammy was later taken to the Police Hospital today for injury treatment. However, neither his family nor his lawyer was allowed to pay him a visit as of this afternoon, reasoning that it was to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
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