Ministry revokes Pavin’s passport

The Department of Consular Affairs has revoked the passport of Kyoto-based Thai academic Pavin Chachavalpongpun, who is wanted for failing to report to the junta.

  • Published: 11/07/2014 at 06:04 AM
  • Newspaper section: news

The cancellation came after the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) summoned the associate professor of Southeast Asian studies at Kyoto University in Japan to report to the council on May 24.

But Mr Pavin posted a message on his Facebook page on the same day saying he was unable to show up as requested because he was still in Kyoto.

Mr Pavin was among 17 individuals for whom the Bangkok Military Court issued arrest warrants on June 13 after defying NCPO summonses.

Worachet Pakeerut, a Thammasat University law lecturer and core member of the anti-coup Nitirat group, reported to the Bangkok Military Court yesterday morning and was again released on bail.

The academic was required to report to the court by today, the same day Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police were to seek permission for the third time to detain him for another 12 days, pending completion of the questioning of witnesses.

Because today is a holiday, Mr Worachet reported to the court yesterday.

The court approved the CSD’s request and at the same time granted Mr Worachet continued release on bail.

Mr Worachet has been charged with defying the NCPO’s order to report by June 10.

Meanwhile, Lt Gen Manas Paorik, former deputy commander of the 3rd Army Region, arrested for possession of military-grade weapons, was freed on bail yesterday after convincing police he was too ill to flee.

Lt Gen Manas, 65, surrendered to the CSD on Tuesday after a warrant was issued by the Saraburi Military Court on June 25.

Deputy police chief Somyos Phumphanmuang said yesterday Lt Gen Manas had been released on 200,000-baht bail paid in cash, after he presented medical documents certifying his diabetes and high blood pressure required him to see doctors on a regular basis.

Investigators approved the bail request on condition he refrains from hampering investigations, or travelling abroad.

The former general must report to investigators again on July 23.

Pol Gen Somyos said police were still seeking nine other suspects in the same case.

Lt Gen Manas was an adviser to the Yingluck Shinawatra government and a classmate of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra at the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School.

He is also accused of connections with “men in black” allegedly responsible for attacks on government forces during the 2010 political violence in Bangkok.

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