Bail again denied for man accused of sending offensive SMS

On 21 Mar, the Criminal Court denied bail for Amphon Tangnoppakul, who was charged with sending lèse majesté messages through SMS to key government figures last year.

Amphon, 61, has been indicted for offences under Section 112 of the Criminal Code and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act.

The court scheduled the hearings of prosecution witnesses for 23 and 27-28 Sept and defence witnesses for 29-30 Sept.

Amphon was arrested on 3 Aug 2010, and was granted bail on 4 Oct.  He was indicted by the public prosecutor on 18 Jan 2011, and has been detained without bail ever since.  He is reported to be suffering from cancer of the mouth.

He has previously been denied bail, as the court claimed that his crimes severely affected the feelings of the people and national security and he might flee.

His lawyers will petition for bail again this week.



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