Kan Thoop’s police summons postponed to 11 Feb
First year Thammasat University student Kan Thoop, her cyber nickname, who was summoned by police for her internet posts allegedly offensive to the monarchy, has postponed the date for her to report to police to February as she has exams to do this month.
Police at Bang Khen Police Station issued her a summons late last year for interrogation about Facebook posts she made in April 2010 during the height of red-shirt protests in Bangkok. She asked the police to postpone the reporting twice due to the floods.
According to Matichon, an investigator at the police station said that as complaints had been made against her, she was summoned for interrogation, when she would be informed of the charges. However, as the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology did not confirm that the accused had really posted the comments, the investigating team at the police station decided not to prosecute her. And considering the fact that when the alleged offenses were committed, the accused was only a minor, less than 18 years old, and ‘should not have harbored a radical political idea’, the police investigators assumed that ‘someone else had posted the comments under the name Kan Thoop’.
The investigating team decided to drop the case more than two months ago, and forwarded the decision to the Metropolitan Police Command. However, a deputy commander ordered them to have her interrogated, and the team had to summon her, said the police officer, adding that she could ask to postpone the meeting if necessary.