Military Detain Redshirt Under Article 44 for Koh Samui Bombing
NONTHABURI – Col. Winthai Suwaree, spokesperson of the ruling military junta, told reporters yesterday that soldiers have arrested Narin Ambuathong an apparent redshirt at his residence in Nonthaburi, on suspicion of plotting the car bomb and arson attack on Koh Samui.
Col. Winthai said Narin will be held at an unspecified location for interrogation for seven days in accordance with provisions issued under Article 44 of the interim institution, which allows the military to search properties and detain individuals without court warrants, among other powers.
According to the spokesperson, Narin stupidly posted a threat on his Facebook account on 10 April that he was planning to stage attacks in Surat Thani province to express his opposition to the junta.
“Tonight, bring it on in Surat,” Narin allegedly wrote in the Facebook post, which has been widely shared on social media, “Who’s with me? Let’s destroy them. #opposethecoup #opposeArticle44”
In yesterday’s press conference, Col. Winthai said Narin has not been formally charged with any crime, and insisted that the Redshirt activist will be treated fairly.
“I cannot reveal to you where he is being held, because this details belong to our operatives,” Col. Winthai said at a press conference yesterday, “But if the suspect or any individual has doubt that Narin is not being given fairness, after all the operation is completed the officials will permit [the public] to investigate it.”
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