Pongsapat met Thiwakorn Horsaengchai, the father, and Kamolrat Horsaengchai, the mother of Thantapat Horsaengchai the deceased female post-graduate student during a royally sponsored cremation ceremony at a temple in Pathum Thani’s Klong Luang |district.
The royally sponsored cremation of Krissana Thaworn, 32, another victim, was held yesterday at a temple in Chanthaburi’s Klung district.
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha sent his aides, including Colonel Nimit Suwanrat, to attend the two cremation ceremonies yesterday, Government Spokesman Maj-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd said. He also made a donation to the families of the victims.
“It is the PM’s policy to bridge social disparities. We have to handle the case in an upfront and justified manner. We will not let the public feel that the rich are shielded or are beyond the law. Everyone must be under the same law,’’ the spokesman said.
Sansern said the PM had ordered that any official connected with this case and found to have neglected their role in seeking justice must be punished.
Jenpop Weeraporn, 37, has been charged with drunk driving resulting in the deaths of Thantapat and Krissana, and with resisting arrest, in addition to reckless driving resulting in deaths and property damage.
Last Sunday, Jenpop drove his Mercedes-Benz into the back of a Ford sedan, which had been carrying the two postgraduate students, in Ayutthaya. The rear-ended vehicle caught fire.
Pongsapat said yesterday the parents of Thantapat told him they wanted police to enforce the law and ensure culprits are punished. “This is a norm that we want to uphold. We apologise to them for the police action and for criticism of the police over this incident,’’ he said.
Thiwakorn thanked the media for their coverage of the incident and the national police chief for appointing Pongsapat to ensure justice in this case. While expressing his sorrow over his loss, he lauded his daughter for having a great heart and always contributing to charitable works.
Kamolrat passed out after speaking to the media. She said her daughter had taught her to do good deeds.
Prayong Preeyajit, secretary-general of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), said the agency exercised its power under order No 69 of the National Council for Peace and Order, over anti-graft measures, and inquiring from |the police about what happened following the public outcry over the accident.
He said although the police in charge of the case have been transferred, the agency would keep monitoring the case.
Meanwhile, Mahidol University adviser and academic Dr Permsak Makaraprom said the move to take accused Jenpop from Samitivej Hospital in Bangkok to Ayutthaya Provincial Court in an ambulance could be deemed a violation of human rights.
“Jenpop is not in a condition to escape. His father also said he would not escape but he was taken away from medical care. He is a patient who has the right to medical treatment. Police can postpone seeking court permission for his detention if Jenpop is not ready, physically. If his condition worsens as a result of being taken away from hospital, the police must take responsibility,’’ he said. The Ayutthaya Provincial Court on Friday released Jenpop on a Bt200,000 bail. But he was prohibited from driving or leaving the country.