Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)
Police have summoned a lawyer for the well-known anti-junta 14 youth activists imprisoned in June and July 2015, accusing her of disobeying the orders of police officers. According to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (THLR), Sirikan Charoensiri, a TLHR lawyer, received two letters from Chanasongkram Police Station in Bangkok on Tuesday, 2 February 2016.
The Provincial Court in the eastern province of Trat has dismissed murder charges against three suspects in a PDRC bombing case, but sentenced one suspect to five years in jail for possessing illegal weapons. Trat Provincial Court on Tuesday, 26 January 2016, dismissed murder charges against Watchara Krajangklang, Somsak Poonsawad, and Somsak Sunan, three suspects in the bombing case of a People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) anti-election protest in 2014.
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) have pointed out that the legal procedure under the Military Court leading to the verdict passed on a single mother convicted under the lèse majesté law is ‘unlawful’ and violates the rights to a fair trial.
The Military Court has sentenced a 49-year-old accountant to 19 years in prison under the lèse majesté and sedition laws during a deposition hearing without informing her lawyer.
After the coup d’état in 22 May 2014, the National Council for Peace and Order had issued the NCPO announcement No. 37/2014 about offences under the jurisdiction of military courts, announcement No. 38/2014 about offences consisted of several connected acts under the jurisdiction of military courts, and announcement No. 50/2014 about weapons of war trial under the jurisdiction of military courts. These announcements included some offence to the power of military courts:
The opinions of the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) toward the establishment of the temporary remand facility on Nakhon Chai Sri Road and the deaths in custody of Pol Maj Prakrom Warunprapa and Mr. Suriyan Sucharitpolwong For immediate release on 11 November 2015 In pursuance to the directive of the Ministry of Justice no.
In the evening of 16 October 2015, some media reported that Mr. Suriyan Sucharitpolawong was taken from his residence by state officials for allegedly committing a lèse majesté offence under Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code. On the same day, Police Colonel Akaradech Pimolsri, the Chief of the Crime Suppression Division, denied that the Division did not arrest Suriyan, and had no plan to arrange a press conference as it was rumored.
The establishment of temporary remand facility in Nakhon Chaisri and the transfer of two suspects in the Erawan bombing to the temporary remand facility make the detention facility unaccountable and the suspects have no guarantee of their rights On 11 September 2015, the Ministry of Justice issued the Ministry of Justice Regulation no.
The military officials have held in custody Mr. Pichai Naripthaphan on 8 September 2015, and Mr. Karoon Hosakul on 10 September 2015. To this, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), told the press that the detention of the two persons was relating to their outspoken critique of the government’s performance. Of late, a senior reporter of The Nation, Mr. Pravit Rojanaphruk, has been deprived of his liberty as well on 13 September 2015.
The Supreme Court has granted bail to an elderly anti-establishment red shirt accused of defaming the monarchy for uploading lèse majesté audio clips. The Supreme Court on Wednesday, 9 September 2015, released on bail lèse majesté suspect Chaleaw J., a 56-year-old tailor from the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum, after six days imprisonment in Bangkok Remand Prison.