contempt of court

4 Sep 2017
The judicialisation of politics, or judicial activism, refers to circumstances where the judicial branch becomes an active player in politics, interfering in the affairs of the executive or legislative branches.
29 Aug 2017
The Criminal Court has handed another jail term of two months to an embattled anti-junta politician accused of contempt of court, but suspended the sentence for two years.   On 28 August 2017, the Criminal Court sentenced Watana Muangsook, a well-known politician from the Pheu Thai Party, to two months in prison and a fine of 500 baht.  
22 Aug 2017
The Administrative Court has sentenced an anti-corruption activist to 14 months imprisonment for contempt of court, but the jail term is suspended for three years. On 21 August 2017, the Supreme Administrative Court sentenced Srisuwan Janya, Secretary-General of a political group called the Association to Protect the Thai Constitution (APTC), to 14 months in prison and a fine of 700,000 baht.  
22 Aug 2017
The Criminal Court has handed a one year suspended jail term to a junta critic accused of contempt of court. On 21 August 2017, the Criminal Court sentenced Watana Muangsook, a well-known politician from the Pheu Thai Party, to one year in prison and a 500 baht fine for violating Articles 15, 30, and 31 of the Criminal Procedure Code, laws related to contempt of court.    He was charged with broadcasting through Facebook live from the court premises about another case.
2 Jun 2017
A provincial court has granted bail to a prominent anti-junta activist accused of contempt of court after he denied the charge. On 31 May 2017, the Provincial Court of Khon Kaen held a hearing for seven youth activists accused of contempt of court  for organising activities on 10 February 2017 in symbolic support of Pai Dao Din that were designed to draw attention to issues in Thailand’s justice system.
11 May 2017
Six student activists have chosen to petition the court over their contempt of court charges, arguing their symbolic actions and songs outside a provincial court in support of Jatuphat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa were a legitimate exercise of the freedom of expression.   On 8 May 2017, the activists delivered a petition against their charges to Khon Kaen Provincial Court.
9 May 2017
A labour rights lawyer has been imprisoned for defaming a court, leaving stranded his five-month pregnant wife.
26 Apr 2017
Two pro-democracy groups have called for charges against seven student activists to be withdrawn.
21 Mar 2017
The authorities have accused three more youth activists of contempt of court for joining a peaceful gathering demanding Pai Dao Din’s release from prison. On 20 March 2017, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights reported that the well-known anti-junta activist Sirawit ‘Ja New’ Serithiwat; Panupong Sritananuwat, an activist from the Dao Din group based at Khon Kaen University; and another law student who requested anonymity had received court notices.

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