NCPO monitors anti-coup group


BANGKOK, June 27 —  The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has ordered concerned officials to monitor the movements of an anti-coup group called the Organisation of Free Thais for Human Rights and Democracy which was set up recently.

The order was made during a meeting on Friday chaired by Gen Udomdej Sitabutr, deputy army chief and secretary-general of NCPO, where he asked concerned authorities to closely watch the movements of an organization set up by former interior minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, also former Pheu Thai Party leader.

The organisation was formed after the government was ousted in the May 22 military takeover.

Gen Udomdej ordered authorities to try to talk to people who established the organisation, aimed at clearing misunderstanding and ensuring that they would not cause any problems for Thailand in future.

National Intelligence Agency officials believed that the organisation was not recognised overseas.

Touching on efforts by NCPO to settle the migrant workers problem in Thailand, Gen Udomdej gave an order to authorities to quickly solve the issue and to accelerate explanations to foreign firms which are avoiding buying Thai goods due to the problem.

The meeting also discussed Myanmar workers in Thailand and it is expected that a group of businessmen would confer with NCPO chief Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha  next Wednesday at army headquarters.

In another development, the Bangkok Military Court on Friday temporarily released Worajet Pakeerat, a lecturer at Thammasat University’s Faculty of Law after approving his 12 day detention.

Mr Worajet came to the court today to report himself upon the order of the court on June 18 that approved his 12-day detention for the first phase between June 18-29.

The court on June 18 has granted bail for him, accepting Bt20,000 as bail bond.

The police today were seeking to extend his second phase of detention between June 30-July 11.

The court has approved the detention but allowed a temporarily release on the conditions that he would neither take part in political gatherings nor express his opinions in such a way as to incite public disorder.

He was also banned from travelling abroad unless receiving court permission.