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NIA denies involvement in Sombat arrest

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) had no involvement in the arrest of anticoup activist Sombat Boonngamanong, who had resisted the junta's order to report, its director said on Friday

NIA Director Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana was referring to news reports that his agency played a role in the arrest by tracing the IP address of Sombat, known as Nuring, who posted messages on Twitter and Facebook while on the run.

The military junta has ordered many figures from both rival camps to report. Some however like Sombat have resisted the order.

Sombat, who was arrested in Chon Buri province on Thursday night, used the social networks to challenge the junta to catch him. He even changed his Facebook's profile to include "Catch Me If You Can", the name of a western movie.|

Earlier news reports quoted advisor to Pol Maj Gen Pisit Paoin, permanent secretary of Information, Communications and Technology as saying that the NIA had played a part in arresting Sombat by tracing IP address.


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