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Ja New and his three colleagues freed by the military court

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BANGKOK: -- Political activist Ja New and his three colleagues were freed Thursday after the Bangkok Military Court rejected a request by Thonburi railway police to have them detained for questioning.

Ja New or Sirivich Serithiwat and his three colleagues of the so-called New Democracy movement were arrested by military personnel on Wednesday night for defying court’s summonses to report themselves to the court.

The group’s lawyer challenged the Thonburi railway police’s request to have them detained claiming that the police had already questioned most of the witnesses and that the group could not interfere with the witnesses.

Regarding his arrest Wednesday night at Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus, Ja New said he would return to Klong Luang police station to follow up on his complaint against those responsible for his arrest. He alleged that he was mistreated during his brief detention by the military.

Apparently unperturbed by his latest arrest, the activist vowed to carry on with his defiance against the military junta “until it is out of power.”

Source: http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/content/147638

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-- Thai PBS 2016-01-22

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Activist 'Ja New' to File Charges Over Alleged Abuse
By Teeranai Charuvastra
Staff Reporter

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Sirawith Serithiwat, seated at right, sits next to his mother, Patnaree Arunyapun, at Nimitmai Police Station in Thonburi province early Thursday morning after soldiers transferred him to police custody.

BANGKOK — A pro-democracy activist briefly abducted by soldiers near his university last night said he will file charges against the security officers he accuses of assaulting him.

Shortly after the military court released him from custody Thursday afternoon, activist Sirawith Seritiwat announced he will take legal action against the soldiers who forced him into a vehicle in front of his university late Wednesday night for allegedly blindfolding, punching and kicking him.

“I am now gathering all the evidence,” Sirawit, aka “Ja New,” said by telephone. He said he would file the charges tomorrow at the Khlong Luang Police Station in Pathum Thani.

Sirawith was previously wanted by authorities for calling attention to alleged corruption in an army construction project in December but had refused to turn himself in. At about 10:30pm Wednesday, masked soldiers in a pick-up truck apprehended him as he walked near Thammasat University’s Rangsit campus, where is a fourth-year student.

Full story: http://www.khaosodenglish.com/detail.php?newsid=1453379748&typecate=06&section=

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-- Khaosod English 2016-01-22

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Good, a brave lad that cares about where his country is being dragged

Think we all are looking forward to it being"out of power"

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Thailand needs more pople like him unwilling to accept the military's constant interference in politics for the sole purpose of maintaining power and self benefit.

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If there only were a few million more of people like him, who are willing to stand up for what's right for the population as a whole instead of what's right for them, then Thailand would be a much better place.

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Good, a brave lad that cares about where his country is being dragged

Think we all are looking forward to it being"out of power"

I'd like you to remember those words when this government is ousted. There will be a lot of blood. I am not one of your 'we' that is looking forward to it, knowing what it needs to happen.

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Abducted and rough-up by masked soldiers than send to a police station and released by a military court decision. Looks like a very uncoordinated effort and an intimidation stunt which backfired. Human rights alerted and students more defiant. The junta keep shooting themself in the foot.

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Abducted and rough-up by masked soldiers than send to a police station and released by a military court decision. Looks like a very uncoordinated effort and an intimidation stunt which backfired. Human rights alerted and students more defiant. The junta keep shooting themself in the foot.

We don't know for sure if he was roughed up, i see here a budding politician making a name for himself who,after a few years at the trough, will become just as corrupt as the rest, he may have his ideals now but you cant beat the system. Yes i am a cynic.

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Abducted and rough-up by masked soldiers than send to a police station and released by a military court decision. Looks like a very uncoordinated effort and an intimidation stunt which backfired. Human rights alerted and students more defiant. The junta keep shooting themself in the foot.

An arrest warrant to appear before military court.

then arrested.

then police want him to detained longer.

then followed by his released by military court...

Something's just not quite adding up???

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Abducted and rough-up by masked soldiers than send to a police station and released by a military court decision. Looks like a very uncoordinated effort and an intimidation stunt which backfired. Human rights alerted and students more defiant. The junta keep shooting themself in the foot.

An arrest warrant to appear before military court.

then arrested.

then police want him to detained longer.

then followed by his released by military court...

Something's just not quite adding up???

Same thought here -- something's weird.

AFAIK, it WAS a military court that approved the arrest warrants for this guy and the other 5 people with him based on a request from the police. Now, according to ThaiPBS, after the soldiers arrest him based on that warrant, the military court releases him.

Huh???

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"Apparently unperturbed by his latest arrest, the activist vowed to carry on with his defiance against the military junta “until it is out of power.”

Thank goodness there is one, possibly four Thai people willing to stand up to these bullies.

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Meanwhile...

"The British Embassy in Bangkok is inviting organisations to submit concept project notes for funding under the 2016-17 Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy (MCFHRD)."

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If there only were a few million more of people like him, who are willing to stand up for what's right for the population as a whole instead of what's right for them, then Thailand would be a much better place.

Just call an election and like Burma they will speak. The military there thought they had a lock on power and called an election and look where that got them. Yes the Thai will endure a lot but on election day the truth comes out. Like a water buffalo slow and steady.

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Abducted and rough-up by masked soldiers than send to a police station and released by a military court decision. Looks like a very uncoordinated effort and an intimidation stunt which backfired. Human rights alerted and students more defiant. The junta keep shooting themself in the foot.

An arrest warrant to appear before military court.

then arrested.

then police want him to detained longer.

then followed by his released by military court...

Something's just not quite adding up???

Same thought here -- something's weird.

AFAIK, it WAS a military court that approved the arrest warrants for this guy and the other 5 people with him based on a request from the police. Now, according to ThaiPBS, after the soldiers arrest him based on that warrant, the military court releases him.

Huh???

Not as dumb as one might think. They saw the tsunami of negative international press coming and decided to jump ship.

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