Nitirat member Worachet Pakeerut detained by the military

Khaosod reports that the military have detained Worachet Pakeerut, a Thammasat University law scholar and Nitirat member, following the summons order issued by the junta on May 23 and again on June 9 after he failed to report.  
Deputy Commissioner-General of the Crime Suppression Division Pol. Col. Prasopchok Prommul said Worachet is under detention by the military and will be sent to investigating officers on Wednesday to be charged with violating the order of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO).

Worachet Pakeerat (file photo) 
Previously on June 11, Worachet’s wife had gone to the NCPO to report on his behalf saying that Worachet was sick and unable to report to the military himself. 
On June 7, another member of Nitirat, Sawatree Suksri, was arrested at the airport and detained by the military for three days after she returned from a US Embassy-sponsored trip to the United States and had not reported when summoned by the NCPO.  
Nitirat is a group of seven law scholars from Thammasat University. In the past, the group has proposed an amendment of the lèse majesté law in line with human rights principles as well as a draft amnesty bill for political prisoners. 
The NCPO also on Tuesday issued an order summoning another 33 people, mostly politicians and activists from the red shirts and the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee. 
The owner of Book Re:public, an activist book store in Chiang Mai, was also summoned.  



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