THE NATIONAL Council for Peace and Order yesterday confirmed that Article 44 of the provisional constitution was cited to arrest Narin Umnongbua or "M Redshirt" in connection with the weekend bombing at the Central Festival shopping mall on Samui island.
Colonel Winthai Suvari, spokesman for the NCPO, said yesterday that the suspect is being detained at a classified place for investigation, which should take no longer than seven days.
All details of the interrogation would be accessible when it has been completed - and not before that, he said.
Facebook post on Surat Thani
"The government officials are not working according to their personal judgement. There is clear evidence and information that can be verified with regards to the process," he said.
The suspect had posted on Facebook that "a lot of stuff is being prepared for Surat Thani tonight".
The car bomb attack in Surat Thani did not signify an expansion of the conflict zone resulting from the unrest in the southernmost provinces, he said.
"Most of the bombings beyond the southernmost provinces are done with the intention to create a disturbance," he said.
Some groups of people are looking for occasions to blow up bombs and fire war weapons, he said.
Officials would be tough with legal measures to tackle the problem, he added.