HEADING to Phaya Thai police station tomorrow (Nov. 5) to be questioned over accusations of inciting people to join a rally at Victory Monument on October 21 this year are Progressive Movement’s leader Mr. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, its secretary-general Mr. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul and spokesperson Ms. Pannika Wanich, Thai Rath newspaper reported today.
Police investigators had been checking social media activities of the top three Progressive Movement leaders for allegedly persuading people to gather at the Victory Monument on that day with this possibly being a violation of Section 116 of the Criminal Code.
Police had asked the court to issue arrest warrants for the three of them but the court decided that they should first be summoned and if they do not report themselves then only should arrest warrants be issued.
Around 22 other protesters are also being summoned for questioning over the large demonstration on that day.
It was Mr. Suwit Thongprasert, formerly an ultra-royalist activist monk under the name Buddha Issara, who sent his lawyer Mr. Teerayut Suwannaket to file accusations against the three Progressive Movement leaders for allegedly inciting people to violate the laws of the country either verbally, through writing or any other means thus not staying within the boundary of the constitution nor expressing their opinions in good faith.
Top: Progressive Movement’s leader Thanathorn, right, secretary-general Piyabutr and spokesperson Pannika. Photo: Thai Rath