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Duncan McCargo: Why sword fears pen in Thailand

When the trial of Worachet Pakeerat, a prominent Thai law professor, opens in late November in Bangkok, he will become one of the first Thai civilians to be court-martialed in decades. His crime? Failing to report to the military junta that seized power in this year's May 22 coup. Although his wife had told authorities he was abroad when he was summoned and would report to them on his return, he was nevertheless arrested on arrival in Bangkok on June 18, charged with failing to report on time and quickly handed over to the military courts. Worachet is currently on bail.

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