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All eyes on Army chief as he prepares speech on South situation

Oct 09. 2019
General Apirat Kongsompong
General Apirat Kongsompong
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By Chitraporn Senvong
The Nation

Army chief General Apirat Kongsompong is scheduled to deliver a speech at a special seminar on Friday (October 11) being held at the Army headquarters to explain the armed forces’ role in providing security under current circumstances.

This seminar is part of the Army’s public relations efforts to provide its side of the story after it charged 12 people, including Opposition leaders and academics, of sedition.

The sedition charges came when the Opposition and academics held a seminar on the solutions for southern border provinces and the  campaign to amend the Constitution.

Representatives from seven political parties have filed a countersuit against the 4th Army Area commander.

Meanwhile, the special seminar will also touch upon the subject of senior judge Khanakorn Pianchana shooting himself in a Yala courtroom after reading a verdict. It is believed he turned the gun on himself to protest against his supervisors interfering in his verdict on a criminal case.

Apirat had previously said that his speech would focus on solving problems in the South, especially since he had once commanded a special task force in Yala province and had spent a year and a half living in the South.

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