Activist Rangsiman detained, granted bail

Activist Rangsiman detained, granted bail

Jatupat "Pai Dao Din" Boonpattararaksa (left) and Rangsiman Rome pose for a photo at the 23th Military Court in Khon Kaen on Friday. (Photo by Chakkrapan Natanri)

KHON KAEN: Pro-election student activist Rangsiman Rome has been detained in this northeastern province for violating the junta’s order on political assembly.

The Thammasat post-graduate law student was later granted bail on a bond of 100,000 baht on conditions he would not go abroad or commit sedition.

Jutupat “Pai Dao Din” Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, another student activist convicted for lese majeste and several other political charges, was also brought from the Khon Kaen Special Correctional Institution to the 23th Military Circle court in the province on Friday to check defendant evidence in the same case.

The pair, along with six other activists, were charged after holding a talk on the constitution with Isan people at Khon Kaen University during their vote-no campaign ahead of the referendum on the junta-drafted charter in August 2016.

Mr Rangsiman said he just learned about the charges last month and had never received a summons. 

Pavinee Chumsri, his lawyer from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights centre, said her team was considering merging the case against Mr Rangsiman with that of others.

Mr Rangsiman said after being granted bail he would continue with activities demanding the general election and the dissolution of the National Council for Peace and Order ahead of the polls.

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