THE Criminal Court this afternoon (March 2) issued an arrest warrant of Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan a popular singer who goes by the professional name of Ammy the Bottom Blues on charges of violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lese majeste law, for setting fire to other people’s property, as well as breaching the Computer Crime Act, Sanook.com said.
It was reported that Ammy is currently sick and is undergoing treatment at a hospital in the Rama IX area. However police from Prachachuen station have gone to this hospital to immediately detain him and coordinate with the doctors there to transfer him to the Police Hospital.
This arrest followed an incident of arson in front of Klong Prem prison on the night of Feb 27. Prachachuen police said they have collected evidence as well as video clips from CCTV cameras in the vicinity which they submitted to court in asking for a warrant to arrest Ammy.
The video clips show that three persons were involved in the incident having arrived at the scene on a white Toyota Fortuner vehicle and after that Ammy was the one who got out and caused the incident while the other two stayed within, police said.
Pol. Maj. Gen. Piya Tawichai, deputy chief and spokesman of Metropolitan Police, said the arson offense already entails a heavy penalty but there is also the offense of breaking into a government compound at night as well as charges under Section 112.
Top: Ammy giving the three-finger salute with policemen standing behind him. Thai headline says, “Warrant has been issued.” Photo: Sanook.com