2 of 8 junta critics detained again for lѐse majesté

After the Military Court released the eight junta critics charged for sedition on bail, police detained two of the eight again as they have been charged of lѐse majesté.  

The police, at around 5:20 pm on Tuesday, 10 May 2016, detained Harit Mahaton and  Natthika Worathaiwich, suspects under Article 116 and Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the sedition and the lѐse majesté law.

The two are among the eight abducted junta critics charged with sedition for allegedly being involved with Facebook pages that mock Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, such as a Facebook page called ‘We Love Gen Prayut’.

Unlike, the other six, however, they are also accused of lѐse majesté for sending messages deemed defamatory to the Thai Monarchy in their private Facebook chat.

The two were detained by the police minutes after they were released from prison following each of the eight suspects being granted bail under 200,000 baht surety by the Military Court of Bangkok on Tuesday afternoon  .

The police will submit custody requests to the Military Court for the two on Wednesday.

The eight junta critics were charged after the legal office of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the formal name of the Thai junta, filed complaints against them to the police.

They were abducted by military on 27 April. The military court issued arrest warrants for them one day after their abduction.


Some of the eight junta critics in front of Bangkok Remand Prison on 10 May 2016 (Photo from Paisan Chanpan)

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