Fate of Facebooker critical of junta unknown

The administrator of a Facebook page critical of the military regime is the subject of an online rumour that he has gone missing, but the Thai junta say that the authorities do not know his current fate.   

BBC Thai reported on Sunday, 13 March 2016, that Col Piyapong Klinphan, Deputy Head of the Public Relations Centre of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), announced that the authorities know nothing about the alleged disappearance of Sarawut Bamrungkittikhun, the administrator of the Facebook page ‘Poet Praden’ (Open Issues).

The last post on the Facebook page critical of the junta was posted on 7 March. The post accused Admiral Taratorn Kajitsuwan, a member of the National Legislative Assembly, of cronyism for appointing his family members as his official advisors.

Sarawut has reportedly been missing since 9 March.

Col Piyapong said that he did not know at that time whether or not Sarawut had been taken by the military for a so-called ‘attitude adjustment’ session.

Col Piyapong added that under normal procedures, the NCPO is open when it wants to summon individuals for attitude adjustment sessions.  

He implied that there are, however, exceptions.

Sarawut Bamrungkittikhun (Photo from Sarawut's facebook profile)

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