Sunday, June 8, 2014

Judicial process, but speedier trials claimed for Thai coup courts

The National News Bureau of Thailand offers the following concerning the military courts that are trying civilians under the National Council for Peace and Order (reproduced here in its entirety):
BANGKOK, 8 June 2014 (NNT) – The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has responded to the comment made by the Human Rights Watch organization, saying that the conduct of any trial held in a military court is based on the judicial process as in other courts. 
The NCPO Deputy Spokesperson for Col Winthai Suwaree has hit back at a statement that was made by Human Rights Watch's Asia Director Brad Adams who claimed that the arrest of Mr. Sombat Boonngamanong, Red Sunday Group leader, failed to recognize the basic rights of freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. 
Col Winthai said freedom of expression should be restricted in line with the law as the political situation in Thailand wasn't stable, adding that the majority of the people understand the intentions of the military in staging a coup. 
He also gave a strong assurance that trials in a military court would be based on the judicial process, the only difference being trials in a military court would be much quicker.

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