Further updated: Senate shooter

13 08 2012

This post is somewhat peripheral to PPT’s usual concerns, yet we feel that readers will be interested in the story in the Bangkok Post of a senator from Mae Hong Song, said to be a lawyer, who has shot his secretary.

Boonsong Kowawisarat claims the shooting was an accident: “While waiting for food [at a roadside restaurant], Mr Boonsong took out a 9mm Uzi submachine gun. He told police the gun accidentally discharged and his secretary was shot in the stomach.”   http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/8/86/Uzi_1.jpg/300px-Uzi_1.jpg

The idea that a senator who is also a member of the legal profession is carrying around a submachine gun and playing with it at a restaurant is, to say the least, staggering. The report has other elements that suggest far more to the story than is currently reported. As a serving parliamentarian, Boonsong currently has immunity.

Update 1: The Nation has a different angle on the story, stating that the person shot was the senator’s wife, and that she died on the way to the hospital. The report quotes the Phrae police chief : “At this point, he is charged with reckless action causing the death of another person…”. “Reckless” is not the word that immediately comes to mind. Another Bangkok Post story says the victim was a cousin.

Update 2: More, but still confused, details are emerging on this event. At the Global Post, it is stated that the weapon was not a submachine gun, but something else. Still a handy weapon to be running about with (the photo at left is from the Global Post). This story adds:

Depending on which outlet you believe, the senator, Boonsong Kowawisarat, shot his “personal assistant” or “secretary” (Bangkok Post/BBC). Another Bangkok-based paper, The Nation, reports that he shot his “wife.” The Post previously called the woman his “cousin.”

As for the Thai-language press, one of the nation’s largest newspapers, Thai Rath, says the senator shot his “former mistress.” Another paper, the Daily News, is running with “secretary.”

There’s more to be told on this murky case of another politician shooting and killing someone.



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