On 25 Dec 2018 at 9 am, the Chiang Mai District Court read the verdict in the case over the sign reading “An academic forum is not a military camp” displayed at the International Conference on Thai Studies held in Chiang Mai on 18 July 2017. The 5 defendants were charged by military officers of violating NCPO Head Order No. 3/2015, Section 12, banning political assemblies or gatherings of 5 or more persons. NCPO Head Order No. 22/2018 of 11 Dec 18 has since revoked the Order that the 5 defendants were accused of violating.
Chiang Mai’s prosecutors have postponed the indictment of academics and students accused of breaching the junta’s ban on political gatherings by participating in an academic forum. On 21 September 2017, the prosecutor at Chiang Mai District Court postponed the indictment of the five individuals who are accused of violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 3/2015, the junta’s ban on political gatherings of five or more persons.
The police have summoned academics and students accused of breaching the junta’s ban on political gatherings for participating in an academic forum. Teeramon Buangam, a master’s student at Chiang Mai University and editor of Prachatham News, told the media that he received a summons from Changphueak Police Station in Chiang Mai on 12 August 2017.