THAILAND: NCPO widens the net over Rajabhakti FB posts

Second arrest made as family searches for detainee’s whereabouts

Another suspect was taken into military custody yesterday as authorities intensified their operation against alleged anti-junta individuals who posted, shared or just clicked “like” on Internet posts about the Rajabhakti Park scandal, while police set up a working group to hunt for more suspects.

Thanet Anantawong, 25, was detained yesterday at a military camp for sharing information about the scandal on his Facebook account, a day after a military court issued an arrest warrant for him.

He was charged with lese majeste, sedition and computer crime for sharing an infographic that linked many senior officials in the government and the military to the Rajabhakti scandal, according to Col Burin Thongprapai, a member of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s legal team.

“Meanwhile, human right groups have expressed grave concerns over the secretive prosecution procedures, demanding that the NCPO disclose Thanakorn’s whereabout.

“Thanakorn’s secret detention should set off flashing red lights – especially since the Thai authorities failed to resolve two recent deaths of detainees in military custody,” said Brad Adams, Human Rights Watch Asia director. “Thailand’s junta has increasingly flouted international legal protections by holding civilian detainees incommunicado in military camps.”

Thanakorn was arrested last Tuesday. The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) association said it has been contacted by Thanakorn’s relatives and asked to give legal assistance the following day. The legal group made an inquiry at the Nakhon Chaisri temporary remand facility located in the 11th Military Circle, and was informed by a custodial officer that Thanakorn was not being held there and the facility staff had no idea of his whereabouts.”

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