Chaturon, Worachet indicted, bailed

The Bangkok Military Court on Monday indicted a former education minister and Thammasat University lecturer on separate charges, releasing both on bail.

Former minister Chaturon Chaisaeng was indicted on charges of defying the National Council for Peace and Order's summons to report in NCPO officials, breaching martial law and inciting unrest in violation of Section 116 of the Criminal Code, and violating the Computer Act of 2007, according to his lawyer, Narinpong Jinapak, The three charges carry altogether a maximum jail term of 14 years.

The court also indicted Worachet Pakeerat, a law lecturer and core member of the Nitirat Group. The court granted him bail with 20,000 baht collateral.

Winyat Chartmontree, his lawyer, said Mr Worachet has been charged with defying the NCPO summons.

Mr Chaturon was released on 400,000 baht bail on the condition he must not travel out of the country without the court's permission, must not take part in a political rally and must not express opinions in a way that may lead to public unrest. He is required to appear before the court in 30 days to accept or deny the charges.

Mr Chaturon said he was disappointed by the indictment.  He said he had explained to the authorities why he was not able to reported to the NCPO as ordered.

His press conference at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand prior to his arrest was intended to call for the people to demand for democracy through peaceful means, but it was taken as evidence against him in the case, he said.

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