The Thai protest leader wounded in an assassination attempt on Friday is out of danger after a successful operation to remove a bullet fragment from his skull,medical authorities said.
Chaiwan Charoenchoketavee,director of Vajira Medical College where Sondhi Limthongkul is being treated,said the 61-year-old would remain at the hospital’s intensive care unit for about a week while he recovers.
“The operation has been completed. It took around two hours and Sondhi is now safe,in a good condition and able to talk,” he said.
“The bullet shrapnel penetrated the outer skull and caused the broken skull to crush the outer membrane of the brain,but it did not penetrate into the brain itself,” he said.
Sondhi,founder of the “Yellow Shirts” royalist movement that helped topple former premier Thaksin Shinawatra,was attacked by gunmen wielding automatic weapons who fired about 100 rounds at his car in a dawn attack,police said.
Parnthep Pourpongpan,a spokesman for Sondhi’s People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD),also confirmed that medical authorities had informed the movement that Sondhi was out of danger.
“We do not know who is responsible but we do know the attack was politically motivated. We will wait for the police investigation and follow the justice system,” he said.