Appeal Court

20 Mar 2018
(BANGKOK, March 19, 2018)—Thailand’s Appeal Court should uphold a lower court’s ruling tomorrow to dismiss a criminal-defamation complaint against the Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS) and four Thai journalists, Fortify Rights said today. Thai mining firm Tungkum Limited filed complaints against Thai PBS and four journalists in November 2015 in response to a news report that inclu
1 Mar 2017
The Appeal Court has refused to release an anti-junta student activist accused of lèse majesté. On 1 March 2017, the Appeal Court Region 4 confirmed the ruling of the Court of First Instance not to release Jatuphat ‘Pai’ Boonpattararaksa, a law student and key member of the New Democracy Movement (NDM).
11 Jan 2017
Several prominent red shirt leaders have been given prison terms for leading a demonstration against the President of Thailand’s Privy Council.   On 9 January 2016, the Criminal Court read the Appeal Court’s verdict on ten red shirt activists accused of unlawful assembly for leading a demonstration against General Prem Tinsulanonda, the President of the Privy Council.   The defendants were accused of leading a crowd of several thousand to Prem’s residence on 22 July 2007 to demand his resignation.
12 Oct 2016
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.
17 Feb 2016
The Appeal Court has dismissed murder charges against Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Prime Minister, and Suthep Thaugsuban, his former deputy, over ordering the violent military crackdown on the anti-establishment red-shirt protesters during the April-May 2010 political violence. On Wednesday morning, 17 February 2016, the Appeal Court confirmed the ruling of the Court of First Instance and dismissed murder charges against Abhisit, the head of the Democrat Party, and Suthep, former deputy PM under Abhisit.
20 Jul 2015
The Appeal Court sentenced an anti-establishment red shirt to almost 27 years in prison for possessing and offering to sell illegal weapons. On 17 July 2015, the Appeal Court on Ratchadaphisek Road of Bangkok sentenced Surachai Tevarat, aka Rang, a 31-year-old member of the United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) to 26 years and 8 months imprisonment.
12 May 2015
The Thai Appeal Court on Tuesday sentenced a 65-year-old woman with a mental illness to jail for a year without suspension for stepping on image of King Bhumibol.   Thitinan K. was found guilty of treading on an image of HM the King when several groups of protesters gathered in front of the Constitutional Court office in July 2012. 
27 Jan 2015
The Appeal Court granted bail to an ex-lese majeste convict, sentenced to jail for failing to report himself to the junta after the coup. The Appeal Court on Monday granted bail to Nat S., a former lese majeste convict who was first to be sentenced to prison without suspension for defying junta’s order, after the defence lawyer submitted 40,000 bail request.   
28 Nov 2014
The Appeal Court on Friday affirmed the decision of the Court of First Instance to acquit the man who was accused by his own brother of defaming the King.    Yutthaphum (last name withheld due to privacy concerns), 35, was accused in 2009 of making inappropriate remarks or curses in the presence of his brother while watching the news on television showing HM the King in a wheelchair and buying and writing inappropriate words in parentheses on a CD on which was written ‘Stop offending HM the King’.
26 Nov 2014
The Appeal Court dismissed charges against 10 high-profile civil society workers, including Jon Ungpakorn, a former Senator and the founder of Prachatai, and Supinya Klangnarong, currently National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commissioner (NBTC), accused of instigating chaos and trespassing on the parliament compound in a 2007 protest against the military government led by Surayud Chulanont.   On 12 December 2007, the ten allegedly trespassed onto the grounds of parliament during a rally against the 2007 National Legislative Assembly (NLA), appointed b
19 Sep 2014
The Appeal Court on Friday affirmed the decision of the Court of First Instance to sentence Somyos Prueksakasemsuk to 10 years in jail for editing lèse majesté articles written by others.   Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has been detained at Bangkok Remand Prison for almost four years.   He was found guilty of being the editor of Voice of Taksin monthly magazine which published two articles deemed to insult the King.
4 Sep 2014
The Appeal Court on Thursday affirmed the decision of the Court of First Instance to acquit two red-shirt supporters who were accused of committing arson at the Central World shopping plaza during the 2010 political violence in Bangkok.    The public prosecutor accused Saichon Paebua, 32, and Pinit Channarong, 30, of committing arson at the Central World shopping plaza at Bangkok’s Ratchaprasong shopping district, killing Kittipong Somsuk, a red-shirt supporter who was hiding in the mall.


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