Military prosecutors indict activists demanding Rajabhakti Park probe

Military prosecutors have indicted six activists for demanding an investigation into the Rajabhakti Park corruption scandal.   

At the Military Court of Bangkok on Monday afternoon, 25 April 2016, staff of the military Judge Advocate General’s Department, indicted Sirawit Serithiwat, a student activist from New Democracy Movement, Anon Nampa, a human rights lawyer and core leader of Resistant Citizen, Kititach Suman, Wisarut Anupoonkarn, Koranok Kamda and Wijit Hanhaboon, for violating the junta’s political gathering ban.

The six were among more than 20 activists who were intercepted and detained en route to Rajabhakti Park in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province in December 2015 to demand an investigation into the corruption allegations surrounding its construction.

The park was constructed by the Royal Thai Army.  

The six were indicted for violating the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 3/2015, which prohibits political gatherings of five or more persons.

The six were taken to Bangkok Remand Prison briefly after the indictment. However, the military court later granted each of the six activists 40,000 baht bail.

Anon Nampa and Sirawit Serithiwat (second and third from the left) in front of the Military Court of Bangkok on 25 April 2016