Detained cyber figure gets bail

An arrested member of internet discussion forums has been released on bail today, his family members told Prachatai.


36-year-old computer programmer, whose cyber alias is Praya Pichai, was reportedly arrested on Aug 24, and detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison.


He was charged under Article 14 of the new Computer Crime Act which has been in effect since July 18.


The article states "whoever commits the following offences, shall be punished with imprisonment not exceeding five years and fine not exceeding one hundred thousand baht or both: 1) input, into computer systems, of forged computer data in whole or in part or false computer data in a manner likely to cause injury to another person or the public; 2) input, into computer systems, of false computer data in a manner likely to cause injury to national security or public disorder."




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