The Lawyers Councill of Thailand is concerned about the arrest of a lawyer at Phahom Yothin police station on Tuesday (June 19), saying that the police might have unnecessarily resorted to violence.
Thawal Ruyaporn, the LCT chairman, was referring to the arrest of Sukij Poonsrikasem, a lawyer who is wanted under a warrant for alleged encroachment of a forest reserve in Tak province, at the Phahom Yothin police station on yesterday.
Mr Sukij was accompanying Ms Saengsuriyathep Phramahasuriya, a controversial medium, to the police station to file a complaint in another case.
Mr Thawal said the police forcefully brought Mr Sukij down to the floor and handcuffed him. This happened in the presence of a large number of new reporters.
The violent action was unnecessary taken despite the fact that Mr Sukij had shown no signs of trying to escape the arrest, he added.
Mr Thawal said the LCT will raise this matter for consideration at the meeting of its executive committee on June 28 to decide further action.
He said the arrest of Mr Sukij at the police station might affect the image of lawyers as a whole. All people, regardless of their occupations, are honourable and their human dignity should be respected, he added.
As for Mr Sukij's case, a summons should be issued for him to report to the police, Mr Thawal said.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (ThaiPBS)