Goverment Doing What It Does Best
Posted by BigDummyKenny on January 29, 2016
According to the information received, on January 20, 2016, at around 10:30 pm, Mr. Sirawat Seriitiwat was abducted by eight men wearing military uniforms, outside the gate of the Thammasat University Ransgit campus, in Pathumthani Province near Bangkok. He was blindfolded, forced onto a pick-up truck with covered plate and taken to an unknown area. When the car stopped, he was dragged to a grass field where he was forced to kneel down, hit on the head, and kicked. Mr. Seritiwat also reported being hit with a rifle barrel as he heard the sound of a gun being cocked. Around 1 am, he was taken to the Nimitmai police station in Bangkok, where he was held until the following morning, before being transferred again to Bangkok’s Thonburi Railway police station.
The police record of arrest indicated that Mr. Seritiwat was handed over to police custody by military officers from the 2nd Battalion of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Regiment.
The next day, on January 21, 2016 around 9 am, police arrested fellow student activists Ms. Chonthicha Jaeung-Rew, Ms. Chanoknan Ruamsap, and Mr. Korakot Saengyenpan, who had shown up at the Thonburi Railway police station to show solidarity with Mr. Seritiwat.
The four student activists were held at the police station until 1:30 pm before being taken to the Bangkok Military Court where the police filed a petition requesting pre-trial detention. They were released around 4 pm after the Court dismissed the police request. Around the same time, Mr. Abhisit Sapnaphapan, was arrested in front of the Military Court and taken to the nearby Chanasongkram police station, before being transferred to the Thonburi Railway police station in relation to previous charges of violating the Head of NCPO Order No. 3/2015. Mr. Abhisit Sapnaphapan was released on January 22 at about 11:30 am after the Bangkok Military Court rejected a police request for pre-trial detention.
The five are among the eleven activists arrested then released on December 7, 2015, and accused of violating the Head of NCPO Order No. 3/2015. If indicted by military prosecutor, they will face trial before a military court, and could face up to six months of imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding 10,000 Baht (approximately 250 Euros).