Updated: Anti-112 activist abducted by junta

Prachatai reports that Charoenchai Saetang, 60, known to have “campaigned against the lèse majesté law,” was abducted by soldier-thugs claiming the right to take him away under Article 44.

It is not know why he has been taken to an army base in Bangkok. However, the thugs “confiscated the mobile phones of the two brothers and Charoenchai’s laptop.” His brother is Kimpiew.

Update: Khaosod adds to the above report. First, Charoenchai’s “family … detained by soldiers two days ago have yet to find out where he’s being held…”.

Second, the “local police station, … was told soldiers had taken Charoenchai to file a report on suspicion the 60-year-old may have committed an offense under Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code, which outlaws insults to the monarchy.”

Third, the way the “legal system” works in these cases of abduction is shown to be even more bizarre than we imagined: “Although Charoenchai’s family said soldiers told them they were taking him to the 11th Army Circle base, the commander of that installation denied any knowledge.” Lt. Gen. Sanitchanok Sangkhachan declared that “security forces” – who is this if not military? – “never informed him when they brought someone to be jailed at his base.”

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