Update on Chiranuch’s arrest #1

The charges against Chiranuch were made by the Superintendent of Khon Kaen Police who alleged that she, as website administrator, and website users violated Sections 14 and 15 of the 2007 Computer Crimes Act and Section 112 of the Criminal Code (lèse majesté) for offensive comments made on the website on 27 April 2009.

(Correction: the charges were made by Sunimit Jirasuk, a local businessman in Khon Kaen, for comments on Prachatai in April 2008 about Chotisak Onsoong.)

She is now being transferred by car to Khon Kaen Police Station.  Prachatai staff, friends and a lawyer are on the way to the province to bail her out.

Chiranuch said that she had never received any previous summons from the police.

Two weeks ago, on her departure to Europe for the conference Chiranuch was interrogated by immigration police who claimed that her name was the double of someone in Khon Kaen.  On her arrival today, she was detained for the same reason, before being informed about the arrest warrant issued by Khon Kaen Provincial Court.

See 2007 Computer Crimes Act (unofficial translation)