In a stern move to tighten security, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) yesterday said that any offence against the monarchy and national security would face prosecution in military courts.
The offences are those cited in Articles 107-112 of the constitution and include lese majeste.
Articles 113-118 cite other security offences, including talk of secession and insurrection.
Any violation of the NCPO's orders would also be tried in military courts.
NCPO order No 37 exempts offences committed in areas where the Internal Security Act and the emergency decree are in effect from being tried in military courts. In such cases, the offences would go through the normal judicial process.
Army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha will be given a royal command, appointing him as the head of the NCPO, and a ceremony will be held at 10.49am today at the Royal Thai Army headquarters on Rajdamnoen Road. A press conference will be held later to announce the NCPO's roadmap and the likely set-up of a national legislative assembly to push ahead with a new constitution and a national council for reforms.
The NCPO last night summoned more than 30 prominent individuals, including businessmen Land & Houses president Anant Asavabhokin, ItalianThai Development president Premchai Karnasuta, and Sansiri president Srettha Thavisin.
Academics allied with the anti-Thaksin protesters, including Suraphol Nitikraipot, the former rector of Thammasat University, and critic Thirayuth Boonmee, as well as the Banjerd Singkaneti, the dean of the Faculty of Law at the National Institute of Development Administration, were also summoned.
The NCPO said it would take legal action against Thaksin Shinawatra's lawyer Robert Amsterdam over his interview to the foreign press, in which he said some states had offered to Thaksin to host a government in exile, Army deputy spokesman Colonel Winthai Suvari said. The content of the interview was deemed as disturbing the peace in Thailand, so the NCPO would ask the Foreign Ministry to cut the lawyer's communication channels, he said.