Watana Muangsook

21 Apr 2016
Anti-junta activists have again been detained by the police for gathering to show support for an embattled Pheu Thai Party politician currently detained in a military camp. Police officers arrested Anon Nampa and Pansak Srithep of the Resistant Citizen Group, Sirawit Serithiwat from the New Democracy Movement (NDM), Aramis Akahad and Wannakit Chatsuwan, five well-known anti-junta activists at around 6:45 pm on Wednesday, 20 April 2016.
20 Apr 2016
The Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) lectured the European Union (EU) Ambassador to Thailand on the country’s political history to justify the detention of a Pheu Thai Party politician. Don Pramudwinai, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, told media that the MFA on Tuesday afternoon, 19 April 2016, met Jesús Miguel Sanz, the Ambassador of the European Union (EU) to Thailand, to discuss about the current political situation of Thailand, Thairath News reported.
20 Apr 2016
Police released anti-junta activists without charges after detaining them for gathering in support for a detained Pheu Thai Party politician. At 8:30 pm on Tuesday, 19 April 2016, police officers of Phayathai Police Station released Anon Nampa of Resistant Citizen Group, Sirawit Serithiwat from New Democracy Movement (NDM), Aramis Akahad and Wannakit Chatsuwan, four well known anti-junta activists.
19 Apr 2016
The Thai junta has announced that a well-known politician from the Pheu Thai Party currently in detention may face two years in prison for violating a regime announcement. The Daily News on Tuesday, 19 April 2016, reported that Watana Muangsook, a politician from the Pheu Thai Party currently detained at a so-called attitude adjustment camp, may face two years’ imprisonment for violating National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Announcement No. 39/2014.
19 Apr 2016
The deputy head of the ruling junta has told the media that a gathering in support of a detained Pheu Thai Party politician cannot be held, adding that the regime does not care about criticism from human rights groups and other nations.    
14 Apr 2016
The Thai junta has told a Pheu Thai politician known for his criticisms against the regime that he will be taken to a military camp once again for re-education.
31 Mar 2016
The Defence Minister has threatened to send a journalist from the Bangkok Post to an attitude adjustment session.
28 Mar 2016
Military officers cited absolute power to abduct a Pheu Thai party politician and reportedly threatened to arrest his family. Matichon Online reported that on Sunday, 27 March 2016, Watana Muangsook, a key leader of the Pheu Thai party, sent a message via the Line chat application to a reporter at 6:08 pm, saying that military officers in two military vehicles visited his house in Bangkok while he was not at home.
3 Mar 2016
Update: The Criminal Court on Thursday granted 100,000 baht bail to Watana after he was charged by the military with the 2007 Computer Crime Act for criticising Gen Prawit Wongsuwan on facebook. In response to the lawsuit, Watana posted a status on his facebook profile after he was granted bail “why can’t I criticise you.”  
2 Mar 2016
Military officers have taken a Pheu Thai Party politician to an army base after he criticised Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defence and deputy junta leader. According to Matichon Online, at 10 am on Wednesday, 2 March 2016, 10 military officers visited the house of Watana Muangsook, former Minister of Social Development and Human Security of the Pheu Thai Party, and took him to the 11th Military Circle on Rama V Rd., Bangkok.
3 Aug 2015
The Thai Administrative Court has dismissed a sedition complaint filed against the Thai junta for issuing an order to prohibit certain people from traveling overseas. According to Post Today News, the Central Administrative Court on Monday, 3 August 2015, dismissed a complaint that Watana Muangsook, a former Minister of Commerce of the Pheu Thai Party, recently filed against the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). Watana filed the complaint against the NCPO for issuing an order which prohibited him from travelling to Singapore as planned on 15 July 2015.

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