Handle monk cases with caution, says Prayut

national May 27, 2018 01:00

By The Sunday Nation

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PRIME MINISTER Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked law enforcement officials to be more careful in handling the arrest of controversial persons, while issuing an apology for Suvit Thongprasert or the former Phra Buddha Isara who was disrobed and arrested on charges of illegal association and lese majeste last Thursday.



Lt General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the PM’s Office spokesman, said Prayut also expressed regret after many people had criticised the police handling of the controversial ex-monk who was previously the abbot of Onoi Temple.

The premier said authorities will have to be more cautious in such a case so as to avoid hurting the sentiment of many people who have high respects for the ex-monk who previously played an active role in the People’s Democratic Reform Committee, which staged protests against the government of Yingluck Shinawatra. The former Buddha Isara also faced lese majeste charges due to the unauthorized use of royal initials on amulets.

 

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