Withdrawing an earlier ruling, a district court has sentenced a prominent anti-junta activist to two months in prison with the jail term suspended for one year. On 19 December 2016, Pathumwan District Court of Bangkok read the verdict of the Court of First Instance for Apichat Pongsawat, a 27-year-old prominent anti-junta activist. The court sentenced Apichat to two months in prison and a 6,000 baht fine for violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 3/2015 and Article 215 of the Criminal Code.
Overturning an earlier verdict, the Appeal Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider dismissing charges against a prominent anti-junta activist. On 11 October 2016, the Pathumwan District Court in Bangkok read the Appeal Court’s order over the case of Apichat Pongsawat, a 27-year-old prominent anti-junta activist. Apichat is indicted with violating the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No.
The police have charged four people with violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings for lighting candles as a symbolic protest against the coup-makers. Police from Mueang Nonthaburi Police Station on Monday, 21 December 2015, sent to the prosecutors the case file of Chaiwat Trakarnratsanti and three other suspects, who are accused of violating National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 7/2014, which bans political gatherings of five or more persons,.
The Civil and Political Rights Subcommittee of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has concluded that although the 2013-2014 anti-election protests of People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) were overall constitutional, they violated the rights of others.
14 student activists wanted on arrest warrants for political activities have gathered in front of a police station in Bangkok, while a student activist arrested this morning will be released on bail. 14 student activists, seven are members of Dao Din, a student activist group based in northeastern province of Khon Kaen and seven are wanted on arrest warrants for a planned commemorating of the first anniversary of the coup on 22 May in Bangkok, gathered in front of Pathumwan Police Station, while about 100 people gathered to give them moral support. &nb
The military court has granted bail to a student activist arrested on the first anniversary of the military coup last month after the police accsed him of defying the junta’s order. Eight other activists will report in on Wednesday. Chatchai or Thatchapong Kaedam, nicknamed Boy, an anti-coup activist from the Student and People Network for Thailand's Reform (STR) on Monday reported himself to the police at the Pathumwan Police Station.
In the final part of this series, Prachatai talks to Atiwich Patthamapornsirikul, aka Jimmy, a student activist from the Seri Kaset Group, a student activist group from Kasetsart University. In March, the Thai junta sent security officers to visit Atiwich’s family, urging them to restrict Atiwich’s political activities. However, Atiwich chooses to continue challenging the junta to call for a return to democracy.
The court sentenced a former lèse majesté convict to two months and 20 days in prison for failing to report to the junta in June. The ex-lèse majesté convict is the first to be sentenced to a term of imprisonment for failing to report to the junta. Unlike others who pleaded guilty to defying coup orders, the court did not suspend the jail term because he was once convicted under lèse majesté law in 2009.
Yukti Mukdawijitra is one of the dissidents who fled the country right after the coup. The Thammasat anthropologist said his role as an anti-coup, pro-democracy activist and campaigner against Article 112 or the lèse majesté law made him feel it was unsafe to stay in the country. Yukti, who is now a fellow at U of Wisconsin at Madison discusses the junta’s campaign to crack down on lèse majesté and the outlook for the country after the coup.
An ex-lèse majesté suspect charged with disobeying a junta order pleaded guilty to failing to report to the junta in June, despite the fact that he had earlier been arrested by the junta. Nut S., an anti-coup activist accused of defying the coup order which summoned him to report to the coup-makers in June, pleaded guilty during the trial at the military court in Bangkok on Wednesday morning.