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One of two royal motorcade suspects arrested

ONE of two political activists wanted on the charges of intending to harm Her Majesty the Queen’s liberty during the demonstration on Wednesday Oct. 14 has been arrested by Ladprao police, Sanook.com quoted TV Channel 8 as saying this morning (Oct. 16, 2020).

Mr. Ekachai Hongkangwan was arrested while travelling to surrender at Dusit police station and was taken for questioning at Ladprao station.

The arrest follows Dusit police obtaining two arrest warrants, numbers 1595/2563 and 1596/2563, from the criminal court yesterday for the arrest of Ekachai and Mr. Boonkueanun Paothon on these charges.

The offense is under Section 110 of the Penal Code and carries maximum penalty of life imprisonment or imprisonment of 16 to 20 years.

According to Bangkok Post, on that day, the royal motorcade of Her Majesty the Queen passed along the Phitsanulok road, which was cordoned off by security officers to stop protesters at 5.30 p.m.

However, many protesters got through, and many were seen flashing the three-finger salute as her motorcade passed.

Her Majesty, representing His Majesty the King, was accompanied by His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti.

She was to offer robes to monks as part of a kathin ceremony at Wat Arun Ratchawararam and Wat Ratcha Orasaram.


Ekachai after his arrest this morning. Thai headline says, “arrested midway.” Photo: Sanook.com




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