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Thai anti-coup leader faces up to 14 years in jail

Published on Jun 12, 2014 1:54 PM
 
Thai anti-coup activist Sombat Boonngamanong (centre) is escorted by police officers as he arrives at a military court in Bangkok on June 12, 2014. Sombat Boonngamanong faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted of incitement, computer crimes and ignoring a summons by the junta, police said on Thursday. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANGKOK (AFP) - A prominent anti-coup activist in Thailand faces up to 14 years in prison if convicted of incitement, computer crimes and ignoring a summons by the junta, police said on Thursday.

Sombat Boonngamanong, who led a social media campaign to stage peaceful but illegal rallies against the junta, is set to stand trial in a military court. He has been charged with inciting unrest, violating the computer crime act and defying an order by the junta to turn himself in, according to Prasopchoke Prommul, deputy commander of the police's crime suppression division.

"We will bring him to the military court to seek his detention," he added.

If found guilty, Sombat faces seven years in jail for incitement, five years for spreading false information over the Internet and two years for ignoring the summons, Mr Prasopchoke said.

 
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