Ex-PM Thaksin's brother Payap reports to NCPO

national June 11, 2014 00:00

By The Nation

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Payap Shinawatra, the younger brother of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, was among the latest group of people who reported to the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday.

He came after the NCPO issued a second summons for 18 people who had not reported previously, including former interior minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, former Pheu Thai Party MP and former leader Jaran Ditapichai, United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship members such as Darunee Kritboonyalai and former Pheu Thai party-list MP Chinnawat Habunpad. Thammasat University law academic Worachet Pakeerut, who was also re-summoned, sent his wife Patcharin on his behalf saying he had health problems.
The NCPO on Monday also issued Order No 58, summoning 17 people mostly for posting messages on the Net deemed to be in violation of Article 112 of the Criminal Code or lese majeste.
Three people with the same first and last name – Duangjai Puangkaew – reported to the NCPO. A resident of Bangkok’s Bang Plad district also reported to the NCPO, but was told to leave because his name was not on the list. The man said he had been told that all Pheu Thai supporters had to report. 
Northeast red-shirt leader Yiamyod Srimanta and satellite TV channel Asia Update anchorman Chainarin Kulab-am were taken to military court in Bangkok for a 12-day detention pending investigation after having been detained at the Crime Suppression detention centre for seven days.
Both have been interrogated on suspicion of violating NCPO orders No 14 and 7. Yiamyod failed to report to the NCPO before the deadline, an offence punishable with up to two years in prision and/or Bt40,000 fine. 
Chainarin was detained on suspicion of violating the NCPO ban on the political gathering of more than five people, an offence punishable with up to a year in jail and/or Bt20,000 fine.
A total of 31 people are under detention at the Crime Suppression Division and are being interrogated by military officials.
Red-shirt leader Sombat Boonngamanong will reportedly be brought today to the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok. He was rounded up and detained in Chon Buri after failing to report to the NCPO.