Ex-commerce minister vows to carry on his criticism of the government and NCPO

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Former commerce minister Wattana Muangsuk announced on Tuesday that he would continue to criticize the government and the National Council for Peace and Order “because free expression is a universal right and if anyone speaks out of line there is the law to deal with it already.”

The defiant core member of the Pheu Thai party showed up at the Bangkok South Criminal Court on Tuesday to report himself to the court after the expiry of the first 7-day detention period.

The enquiry officer asked the court for permission to detain Mr Wattana for another seven days pending investigation. The police request was endorsed by the court which also granted bail to the ex-minister who is due to show up before the court on March 26.

Mr Wattana later told the media that he would continue to speak his mind against the government and the NCPO because he has the right to free expression. He also said that he would not appeal to the court again against his overseas travel ban because the ban is illegal and he has the right to travel to anywhere he wants.

The ex-minister however admitted that he felt heavy-hearted with the charge of violating the computer crime law against him because he didn’t know which part of the message he posted in his Facebook page is a lie.