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The Thai junta has summoned one Pheu Thai politician after another, saying that they are sabotaging the regime with false and biased comments.

According to Matichon Online, the military on Thursday, 10 September 2015, summoned Karun Hosakul, a former Member of Parliament of the Pheu Thai Party, to the 11th Army Division headquarters.

Matichon reported that Pimchana Hosakul, the politician’s wife, was not informed about the military summons.

Yesterday, 9 September 2015, the authorities also summoned Pichai Naripthaphan, a former Energy Minister from the Pheu Thai Party, and brought him to the 1st Army Region headquarters in central Bangkok.

Pichai’s last Facebook message on Wednesday morning at around 8 am says, “I’m being invited for ‘attitude adjustment’ again this morning; military officers will come and pick me up at 9:30 am.”

He also posted a picture of himself with two military officers on Facebook which was his last post at 9:42 am. Pichai is expected to remain in military custody for so called ‘attitude adjustment’ for about 7 days.

This is the seventh time Pichai has been summoned by the junta. The Bangkok Post cited some local new sources that the military might transfer Pichai to a military base in Saraburi Province in Thailand’s central plains.

The last photo that Pichai posted on his Facebook account on Wednesday morning, 9 September 2015

According to Col Winthai Suvaree, the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) spokesperson, the latest summons of the former Energy Minister is crucial for creating mutual understanding, saying that Pichai has been making ‘one-sided’ allegations to discredit the government and did not comply with conditions of cooperation with the NCPO, which he was ordered to comply with after the previous summons.

Today, 10 September 2015, Gen Prayuth Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister, announced to the media that the military has already been merciful to the politicians detained.

The junta’s supreme leader added that ‘direct criticism’ against the government which continues to harm the nation will not be tolerated.

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