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Two arrested on motorcade charges

Two arrested on motorcade charges

THAILAND: Police arrested anti-government activist Ekachai Hongkangwan today (Oct 16), on a charge of causing harm to Her Majesty the Queen during her motorcade on Wednesday.

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By Bangkok Post

Friday 16 October 2020, 01:24PM


Police take Ekachai Hongkangwan into Lat Phrao police station, Bangkok, earlier today (Oct 16). Photo: supplied.

Police take Ekachai Hongkangwan into Lat Phrao police station, Bangkok, earlier today (Oct 16). Photo: supplied.

Mr Ekachai, 43, was taken into custody on Lat Phrao Road near the Imperial Lat Phrao store this morning and escorted to Lat Phrao police station.

He was charged under Section 110 of the Criminal Code with causing harm to Her Majesty the Queen’s liberty when the motorcade of Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti travelled past demonstrators outside Government House on Wednesday afternoon.

Mr Ekachai and another demonstrator, Boonkueanoon Paothong, were subjects of arrest warrants in this matter.

Mr Ekachai said he was arrested on his way to turn himself in at Dusit police station. Mr Boonkueanoon surrendered at Dusit police station.

The offence, carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment.

Section 110 states: Whoever commits an act of violence against the Queen or Her liberty, the Heir-apparent or His liberty, or the Regent or his/her liberty, shall be punished with imprisonment for life or imprisonment of sixteen to twenty years. Whoever attempts to commit such offence shall be liable to the same punishment.

Over the past three days of demonstrations, police have arrested 22 protesters, comprising four rally leaders and 18 followers, according to Pol Maj Gen Piya Tawichai, deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, and deputy police spokesman Pol Col Kissana Phathanacharoen.

They warned that more rallies would violate the ban on public gatherings of five people or more under the state of emergency declared yesterday morning. Police would prosecute offenders.

According to media reports this morning, a fresh demonstration was planned for Ratchaprasong intersection at 3pm today.

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JohnC | 17 October 2020 - 10:06:34

Is this some kind of pathetic joke?? Thailand is still living in the 18th century with such stupid draconian laws like that still valid today. About time you moved in to the 21st century. Freedom of speech is the right of every person.

Kurt | 17 October 2020 - 07:55:52

Does the RTP has a special 'Fantasy' training school for officers to grip left and right fake reasons to make repressing arrests? All over Thai press we read about arrests about 'intending to harm the Queen'. No local or international press came up with any film material to underbuilt/confirm this.  

 

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