The Military Court on Friday extended the detention of former education minister Chaturon Chaisang for 12 more days pending trial for alleged violation of a coup order.
His first 12-day period of detention of Chaturon, who was arrested on May 28, will expire on Sunday. The court allowed investigators to detain Chaturon from Monday to June 20 after the investigators told the court that they had to question four more witnesses.
Chaturon was arrested after he defied the order of the National Council for Peace and Order to report himself. He also faced charges of instigating unrest.
Chaturon was arrested while holding a press briefing at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand on May 27.
He was taken out of the Bangkok Remand Prison at 7:30 am Friday and reached the Military Court at 8:30am. He was seen smiling in his brown inmate uniform with his hands handcuffed. An army of reporters waited at the court.
About 50 supporters waited for Chaturon at the court and gave red roses to Chaturon’s sister, Thitima Chaisang, to give to him.
The session was held in a closed-door session and reporters were not allowed to observer it.