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Sedition charges filed against Chiang Mai red shirt leader

The army on Monday filed sedition charges against a hardcore red shirt leader of Chiang Mai province for allegedly advocated partition.

On behalf of the army, Col Phoka Jorkloy, intelligence chief of army circle 53, Chiang Mai and Staff Judge Advocate Lt Col Sundote Dongparee, filed the complaint against Petchawat Wattanapongsirikul, of the "Rak Chiang Mai 51" group with Chiang Mai's Mae Ping police station.

The complainants accused Petchawat of supporting secession and related activities in violation of Articles 113 and 114 of the Criminal Code.

Article 113 (3) of the Criminal Code stipulates that partitioning the country, through use of force or through announcing plans to do this, is regarded of an act of secession. The crime carries a life term or death sentence.

Article 114 states that the preparation and collection of arms for partition and for conspiracy to partition the country can result in a prison term of three to five years. Encouraging people to be involved in secessionist activities, or concealing acts that lead to sedition, is punishable with a three to five-year prison term.




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