CityNews – Chiang Mai airport denies the assault allegation made by a Grab Car driver.
On July 21st, Suchart Chaipraya, 32, reported a physical assault case against security guards of Chiang Mai International Airport. The incident occurred on the night of the previous day. According to his statement, he was picking up a client when he was approached by security guards. The encounter led to a discord. He reported being detained for two hours and claimed that while he was demanding his release, he was physically assaulted.
Amornrux Choomsai Na Ayuthaya, the director general of Chiang Mai International Airport made a public statement confirming that the allegation is false. The incident was explained in that Suchart made a stop at the exit gate no. 11 of the International Passenger Terminal, when two security guards made an approach requesting him to display his license, but he denied and drove away. The security guards pursued him to gate no. 5 of the Domestic Passenger Terminal. He was reportedly berating the officers and made a threat with a baton, the behaviour which led to his detention.
He was charged for traffic obstruction and providing transportation service without permission during which he refused to pay the fine while being obstreperous. The airport decided to send him to the police to record the case. The airport confirms that there was no physical assault with evidence from CCTV cameras to prove the statement.