‘Confused’ Lawyer Apologizes for Saying Court Sentenced Arsonist to Death

Wattana Chantasilpa, seated at left, talking with reporters Tuesday outside the Ubon Ratchatani Provincial Court.

UBON RATCHATHANI — A court spokesman has refuted reports the Supreme Court handed down a death sentence to a Redshirt leader convicted of setting fire to a provincial city hall as widely reported earlier this week.

Responding to reports the high court sentenced Pichet Tabudda to death for the 2010 arson, a sentence then commuted to life, courts spokesman Suebpong Sripongkul said there never was a death sentence.

Pichet’s lawyer, Wattana Chantasilpa, who appeared to be the source in all media reports, told Manager Online today that he was confused accidentally gave the wrong information during interviews. He said he was representing too many cases in court that day.

Wattana said he would submit a written apology to the court.

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