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Watana reports to police to hear charges

Watana Muangsook, a core member of the Pheu Thai Party, reported to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) on Tuesday (Aug 1) in responding to a summons issued by the Criminal Court.

TCSD police earlier sought approval from the Criminal Court for a warrant to arrest Mr Watana for instigating unrest in violation of Section 116 of the Criminal Code and the Computer Crime Act by posting on his Facebook page calling for the people to turn up in a large number of show moral support for former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Aug 1 when she was scheduled to verbally deliver a closing statement in the rice-pledging case at the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Holders of Political Positions.

After considering the police request, the court instead issue a summons for Mr Watana to report to the police to acknowledge the charges.

Mr Watana said he had no intention of inciting unrest but only wanted the people to turn up to show support for Ms Yingluck. He said it was not against the law for the people to do so and not a threat to national security.

The TCSD police investigators questioned Mr Watana and charged him with violating Section 116 of the Criminal Code and the Computer Crime Act.

Mr Watana was released without having to apply for bail because he showed up in responding to the summons, has a permanent address and is not a flight risk.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)

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