PM offers apologies over arrest of Phra Buddha Isara

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Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha.

Bangkok – Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha and his deputy, Gen Prawit Wonsuwan, have publicly apologized for Thai authorities’ handling of the arrest of Phra Buddha Isara.

Offering his apologies to the public, Gen Prayut said he has personally reprimanded the officers responsible for the arrest of the abbot of Onoi Temple in Nakhon Pathom province.

His apologies came after public complaints that excessive force was used during the arrest and that the treatment of Phra Buddha Isara was ‘rough’ and ‘inappropriate.’

The prime minister also offered his apologies to Phra Buddha Isara himself.

He added that police officers have been instructed to be more careful and to take into consideration public emotions in future arrests.

Meantime, Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has already summoned responsible officers to discuss what happened, confirming that such inappropriate conduct will not happen again.

Gen Prawit also gave his word that Phra Buddha Isara will be treated fairly in the court of law and throughout legal proceedings.