BANGKOK, 5 June 2014 – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) declared on Wednesday it would not, under its recent announcement to exempt individuals turning in illegal weapons from prosecution, include individuals who were charged under weapons-related offenses before May 29.
The message was stipulated in the NCPO’s announcement no. 53, regarding the exclusion from prosecution of certain categories of individuals in possession of illegal weapons. In essence, those who were arrested or prosecuted for weapons offenses before May 29, 2014 will not be eligible for the prosecution waiver stipulated under NCPO announcement no. 37.
The NCPO had issued the announcement to facilitate peace and order in the nation, allowing those in possession of illegal weapons to turn in the items without facing charges.