An academic has urged the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) to review the seizure of an Islamic school accused of allowing insurgents to use the grounds as a weapons training venue.
Peace academic Ahmadsomboon Bualuang said authorities must distinguish Islamic schools from insurgent sympathisers or those suspected of creating unrest in the deep South before taking any action to close down schools or seize the assets of the schools.
According to Islamic beliefs, ponoh schools _ or Islamic religious schools _ are located on religious land donated by local people who want the plots to be used for Islamic studies or religious activities, Mr Ahmadsomboon said.
The seizure of assets of Islamic schools could provoke people into opposing the state, creating further unrest, he warned.
He urged Amlo to review its recent action to seize a 14-rai land plot which belongs to Yihad Witthaya School, a ponoh at Tha Dan in tambon Talo Kapo of Pattani's Yaring district.
Earlier, security forces said the school has been used as a weapons training site for members of the Runda Kumpulan Kecil (RKK) separatist group since 2004.
The school was closed down on May 21, 2005, and legal action had been taken against those involved, particularly school director Abdulloh Waemanoh, for committing serious security offences.
A source said security authorities accused Mr Abdulloh of being linked to Sapae-ing Basor, former headmaster of Thammawitthaya Islamic School in Yala. Mr Sapae-ing, who is wanted for involvement in violence in the far South, is still at large.