11 ‘draft distorters’ to face military court trial

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation




ELEVEN people including former Pheu Thai MP for Chiang Mai Thassani Buranupakorn will be taken to the Crime Suppression Division today before being flown to Chiang Mai to face trial in a military court for allegedly distributing letters that distorted content of the charter draft.

Pol Maj-General Charn Wimolsri of the Crime Suppression Division said Thassani and the 10 other suspects had been detained at the 11th Army Circle in Bangkok since Wednesday and would be brought to the CSD today.

Boonlert Buranupakorn, president of Chiang Mai‘s Provincial Administrative Organisation, is among the suspects. He reportedly returned from overseas a few days ago to turn himself in at the 11th Army Circle.

The National Council for Peace and Order filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division, accusing the eleven of criminal association and violating the referendum law. The NCPO demanded that they be tried at both civil and military courts.

These moves came after security officers raided local government offices in Chiang Mai and a company belonging to the Buranupakorn family and found the letters allegedly distorting content the charter draft.


Critics have labelled the NCPO’s action intimidation and unfair and called on the junta use normal legal procedures to deal with suspects.Meanwhile, anti-charter messages on cloth flags were left in Songkhla province while anti-charter graffiti was found ahead in Narathiwat ahead of Sunday’s referendum.

Pol Lt-Colonel Saravuth Jiangtem, from Saba Yoi Police Station, said flags with the words “Thai charter” marked with red crosses were found at Ban Long Kuan School and Ban Muyong. Police are investigating.

In Narathiwat, an anti-charter message was spray-painted in red on boards featuring village names at Ban Yi-Ngor and Ban Lu Bohbuesa.

Pol Colonel Adulman Yaena, superintendent of Yi-ngor Police Station, said police suspected the graffiti was the work of the same perpetrator who may have driven a motorcycle to commit the crime early yesterday morning.

Meanwhile in Narathiwat’s Sungai Kolok district, a home-made bomb went off near a spot where security volunteers were deployed. Police said nobody was injured.

The explosion left hole in the footpath that was two feet wide and one foot deep.

Police said a radio device detonated the bomb that they estimate weighed about seven kilogrammes.

Six volunteers were travelling on three motorcycles to patrol the village when the bomb was detonated on the road from Narathiwat to Pattani.

Police said the bomb’s destructive radius deviated away from the target and that was why no one was injured.


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