On 26 August 2018, Prawet Prapanukul, 57, was released from Bangkok Remand Prison after serving 16 months. The human rights lawyer was arrested on 29 April 2017 for violating Article 112 of the Penal Code, the royal defamation law. Prawet faced up to 50 years in prison for posting messages on Facebook that landed him with 10 lèse majesté charges and three sedition charges. The Court of First Instance on 27 June 2018 dismissed his royal defamation charges but sentenced him to 15 months in prison for sedition, plus one extra month for refusing to be fingerprinted.
On 20 July 2018, the Bangkok Military Court called for witness testimony of the Article 112 case, the royal defamation case, against “Waen” Nattatida Meewangpla, a crucial witness in the 6-dead massacre at Pathum temple in 2010. The testimony of two witnesses, Maj Gen Wicharn Jodtaeng and Police Major General Surasak Khunnarong, started at 8.30 am. When Waen was brought to the Bangkok Military Court, she was taken into the building immediately, and the Court ordered this case to be a closed trial.
After she resisted intimidation by the Thai military to stay silent, the life of Natthida “Waen” Meewangpa – a volunteer nurse who witnessed the shooting of civilians and unarmed supporters of protesting “Red Shirts” by soldiers during the 2010 political confrontations in Bangkok – has turned to hell.
Laws are the rules or regulations of a given society or state drafted by an individual or group of individuals representing the class that holds economic power in the society or state. The individual or group of individuals that decrees the laws enforced upon the people may truly represent the majority of people in the society, or they may likewise be the representatives of the minority. This depends entirely on the system of rule in the society. A system of rule in a society is democratic when the people enjoy democracy across politics, economics, and culture.
After an unknown guarantor bailed her out on a royal defamation charge in January, a blind woman in Yala has been sentenced to another jail term for breaking the Computer Crimes Act. On 13 May 2018, Nahita (surname withheld due to privacy concerns), revealed that her sister, Nuruhayati Masoe, has been imprisoned since early March for violating the controversial Computer Crimes Act. According to Nahita, on 5 March, the public prosecutor indicted Nuruhayati on the cybercrime charge for posting on Facebook a link to a radio pro
While suspects ordinarily seek ways to reduce their sentence or prove their innocence, a human rights lawyer accused of royal defamation has dismissed his defence lawyers, called no witnesses and challenged the court’s authority in protest against injustice. On 8 May 2018, the Bangkok Criminal Court heard a witness in the case where human rights lawyer Prawet Prapanukul, 57, is accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the royal defamation law. Before the testimony began, Prawet had a heated 30-minute argu
The 57-year-old l?se majest? convict recalled his life in jail with a smile and a laugh, even when he talked about one of his most traumatic memories -- his suicide attempt. In the early years of his imprisonment, he was overwhelmed, not by grief or despair, but anger -- the anger at the fact that his bail requests were repeatedly rejected.
After the seven years of imprisonment, the magazine-editor-turned-majest? convict has been released and vowed to continue his fight for democracy in Thailand. On 30 April 2018, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, a royal defamation convict, was released from the Bangkok Remand Prison.
Citing weak evidence, a Bangkok court has dismissed a l?se majest? charge against a singer-turned-red-shirt activist who made a comparison between Thailand and Denmark, where the King has to stop at traffic lights. His three other royal defamation charges remain, however. On 29 March 2018, the Criminal Court, Bangkok, acquitted Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 60, also known as Tom Dundee, a former country singer and a red-shirt activist, of a l?se majest? charge.
A court in Kamphaeng Phet has dismissed royal defamation charges against two suspects accused of making false claims about Princess Sirindhorn in an alleged scam.