The Criminal Court has authorized the police investigator’s request to detain 11 anti-government leaders for 12 days on the charge of terrorism.
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Tuesday sought the first detention of 11 core leaders of the anti-government United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) for terrorism. As a consequence, the court sentenced the group to 12-day detention during 15-26 June 2010 while all bail requests were denied.
The 11 UDD core figures alleged of terrorism comprise Mr Veera Muksikapong, Mr Nattawut Saikua, Mr Kwanchai Praipana, Mr Wiphuthalaeng Phatthanaphumthai, Mr Yosawarit Chuklom, Mr Nisit Sinthuprai, MD Weng Tochirakarn, Mr Korkaew Pikulthong, Mr Bhumkitti Sukchindathong, Mr Sombat Makthong and Mr Amnat Intarachote.
The first eight were earlier detained separately at Naresuan military camp in Phetchaburi province, and the latter three were at the Border Patrol Police Region 1 in Pathum Thani province. All of them will be taken to the Bangkok Remand Prison for detention.
Thailand falls to 73rd position in Economist’s Democracy Index
Within Southeast Asia, Thailand’s score regressed in 2020, falling to 73rd from 68th, including those related to the treatment of the opposition and to curbs on freedom of expression.
Democracy in sickness and in health? is the title of The Economist Intelligence Unit’s latest Democracy Index report, which looks at the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic on freedom and democracy around the world.
Military coup in Myanmar threatens economic recovery
The coup follows rising tension between the government and the military over claims by the military that the NDL’s landslide win during the November election was marred by fraud.
After a decade of democracy, the Myanmar military has staged a coup ousting the newly re-elected NDL party. So far, the coup has been peaceful and we do not expect it to lead to any major social unrest or large protests amid public concerns about Covid-19.
Thai generals want more control on foreign businesses
Thailand’s military government is planning to amend the FBA (Foreign Business Act) to prevent foreign directors from controlling joint venture firms that are majority-owned by Thai shareholders.
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