Protesters rally for release of lese majeste prisoners

Twenty opponents of the lese majeste law held a 112-minute vigil outside the Criminal Court yesterday to condemn the postponement of lese majeste detainee Somyos Prueksakasemsuk's sentencing. The verdict has been postponed to December 19.

The protesters wore black eye masks reading "release political prisoners", while one placard read "justice delayed is justice denied".

Photo by Prainn Rakthai

Somyos has been detained for 17 months now and his bail request denied 11 times.

Inside the court yesterday, another lese majeste and Computer Crimes Act detainee, 41-year-old Surapak Phuchaisaeng, became the first such prisoner to be prosecuted and tried under the Yingluck Shinawatra administration.

Surapak, whose trial was in its second day yesterday, is accused of being behind a Facebook page with a name that is deemed defamatory to the King. "I shall rule through…" is part of the title of the account, which cannot be revealed in its entirety by The Nation for fear of violating the lese majeste law.

Surapak, who was arrested on September 2 last year, told The Nation that it is "disgusting" that he has to wear shackles and prisoners' garb even though no concrete evidence has been produced linking him to the Facebook page, which is still active even though he is in prison. His bail request has been denied about half a dozen times now.

"Think about it. This is Thailand! The justice process never protects the people, only the elite," Surapak said as prosecution witness Pol Major Niti Inthurak, an officer at the Computer Crimes unit, told the court that it was not the police force's job to trace the suspect's IP address.

Surapak, who hails from Nong Khai province and is a computer programmer, said he had lost lots of job opportunities while in prison, adding that prosecutors would never be able to prove that he was linked to the Facebook account.

He is scheduled to testify in court tomorrow.


Rogue, roving vigilantes -

Rogue, roving vigilantes - inspired by Abhisit and the Royalist Party - accuse people they don't like of lese majeste.

The police imprison them, the courts refuse them bail and, at least a year later, the prosecutors, impersonating puppets, begin their la kohn persecution performance ...

Surapak ... said ... that prosecutors would never be able to prove that he was linked to the Facebook account.

... then, after another year or so of no bail and ritual dancing, the courts sentence them ... for they are brahmans, deva/dhamma raja who can divine the guilt of the those brought before them by aura, or lack thereof ... the judge will challenge Surapak to prove that he is not linked to the Facebook account and, failing that ... it's a decade or two in prison.

Another innocent Thai is imprisoned for a couple of decades ... or until he or she dies in prison ... Next!

The tar-babies, they don't say nuthin'.

Injustice served here, daily.

Khun Achara details the

Khun Achara details the police frame-up of Surapak.

Surapak has spent ... A YEAR IN JAIL ... through the MALFEASANCE of the judges, prosecutor, and police.

His assailants should all be disbarred and imprisoned. Surapak should be released immediately, and he should sue for his very real and punitive damages!

But this is Thailand ... there's still an even chance that Surapak will be sent to prison for ten or twenty years instead!

There is no rule of law here. It all depends on the hocus-pocus divinations of the brahmans on the bench.

Somyot remains in jail ... another three months. The judges in his case are torturers as well, in league with the prosecutors and police, in charge of the inquisition, the persecution of perceived political enemies.


US labour activist Joe Hill

US labour activist Joe Hill was the originator of the phrase "Don't mourn, organise!" Organisation is key to political effectiveness. Part of organisation is the reporting of precise facts.

The article does not mention between what times the demonstration on Sep 19 took place. I went to the court expecting to see Somyot, arriving at 10:00 am., only to be told that the session had been cancelled. If I had known about the demonstration I would have joined it. How was it publicised and when did it take place?

I did not mind making a wasted journey to the court and I know the Librarian of Bangkok website sent out alerts about the cancellation as soon as they were informed by Somyot's lawyer. It is missing the demonstration that galls.

This brings me on to another question I have floated on Facebook unsuccessfully. We are told that Red Sunday holds weekly education workshops on Sundays outside the court. Who knows about this? At what time do they start and finish? Fuller publicity would augment attendance, beginning with myself and family.

While I'm at it who can provide a link to a clearly written Thai language version of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? (I'm not talking about the almost illegible scan available from the United Nations).

It was at 10.38 am.

It was at 10.38 am.

Suda Rangkupan, lecturer at Chulalongkorn, is the key organizer of the Sunday events.  Her group is called กลุ่มปฏิญญาหน้าศาล, not Red Sunday which is led by Sombat Boon-ngam-anong.  Suda's page is

Try these links:

This is immensely helpful.

This is immensely helpful. Thank you very much.

Missed the vigil by minutes. Bah! Better luck next time!