A Thai national arrested last month for allegedly preading a false rumour about Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Thai Prime Minister and his wife has been formally indicted today.
At just after 3pm this afternoon 'Rinda' was formally indicted at the Office of the Thai Judge Advocate General, and then sent to the Bangkok Remand Prison, before being released on bail later in the evening.
Rinda Parichabutr, was arrested by military police last month and charged with offenses under Articles 116 and 348 of the Penal Code, the laws on sedition and on spreading rumours that might cause public panic.
Prosecutors allege Parichabutr shared an online message through the Line chat application and Facebook that the PM and his wife sent about 10 billion baht to a secret bank account in Singapore, a statement now known to be false.
In addition to the sedition offences, Rinda was also indicted of offenses under Article 14/2 of Thailand's tough Computer Crimes Actfor importing false information into the internet.
If found guilty under Article 116 alone, she could face up to seven years’ imprisonment.
Military officers arrested Rinda without a warrant on 8 July 2015 and detained her incommunicado for a night at a military base before transferring her to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) the next day.