PM rejects suggestion that suspects who defied referendum law be freed

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha has brushed aside a suggestion by several parties that the suspects detained for defying the referendum law should be freed.

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“Did they commit any offence?” asked the prime minister at a press conference Friday, adding that there is no exception if someone broke the law.

He further said that those who were arrested for defying the referendum law were fully aware that they would be arrested, so they intentionally broke the law in order to get themselves arrested after which they would carry on with their activities abroad.

“Do these people love the country?” he asked.

“The law is the law. The court will decide whether to release them or not,” said the prime minister.