Twenty-six people accused of plotting an attack in Thailand have been indicted by a military court on charges including weapon possession and conspiring to commit terrorism, their lawyer said yesterday.
The suspects were arrested in northeastern Thailand – a traditional stronghold of fugitive premier Thaksin Shinawatra – after the Army seized power in a bloodless coup on May 22.
The 24 men and two women – whose ages range from 40 to 72 years old – were indicted by a military court in the northeastern city of Khon Kaen on Friday, their lawyer Winyat Chatmontree told AFP. He said the group – named the “Khon Kaen Model” by the Army – included farmers, a bank security guard, a school director and business owners.
Some of them are followers of the red shirt protest movement, which broadly supports Thaksin, according to Winyat.
Most of them were seized in an apartment a day after Army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha overthrew an elected government allied to Thaksin. “The Army arrested them and found guns, hand grenades, knives – things you’re not allowed to have without permission,” said Winyat. “But they said other people asked them to keep them.”