Woman held in Thailand over rumours of possible counter coup

Woman held in Thailand over rumours of possible counter coup
Police yesterday escort Chadapa Chokpornbudsri, 48, centre, to a press conference after she was arrested for allegedly spreading rumours of a possible counter coup and statements that violated the lese majeste law.
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A woman has been arrested on lese majeste charges after she allegedly spread rumours on social media about a possible counter coup, police said yesterday.

The woman, identified as Chadapa Chokpornbudsri, was taken into detention after police and military officials traced the rumours backed to her.

She was arrested at her home in Samut Prakan, where police also seized evidence such as a computer notebook, tablets, smart phones, video cameras and documents.

At a press conference, Chadapa confessed that she had indeed circulated rumours of a counter coup through her personal Facebook account, without realising that this information would cause such panic.

Police claim that Chadapa took orders from people with different political opinions who live outside the country.

These people were found to regularly violate the lese majeste law and believed to be linked to Anek Sanfran - a top suspect in the bomb attack on the Criminal Court.

Chadapa was also charged with violating the Computer Act and will today be escorted to the Bangkok Military Court to begin official detention.

However, she was rushed to hospital after the press conference due to blood pressure and heart complaints.

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