Chaturon indictment pushed to Aug 4

The Bangkok Military Court on Wednesday agreed to postpone to Aug 4 its decision whether to indict former education minister Chaturon Chaisaeng.

The court was initially scheduled to read out its decision today after the military prosecutors recommended that Mr Chaturon be indicted for defying the National Council for Peace and Order's summons, inciting unrest in violation of martial law and Section 116 of the Criminal Code, and violating the Computer Act of 2007.

Mr Chaturon did not turn up as required.  He instead sent his lawyer Narinpong Jinapak to represent him and Mr Narinpong requested the postponement.

Mr Narinpong said Mr Chaturon could not appear before the court because he was sick and receiving treatment for chest pain at Bamrungrad Hospital.  The lawyer submitted to the court a doctor's letter certifying Mr Chaturon's illness.

The court rescheduled the delivery of its indictment decision for Aug 4.

According to Mr Narinpong, if Mr Chaturon is indicted as recommended by the prosecutors, he would apply for bail using 400,000 baht as collateral.

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