Submitted on Thu, 2016-05-19 17:09
A military court has denied bail to two critics of the junta who have been charged with lèse-majesté, citing the severity of the charge.
On Thursday, 19 May 2016, the Bangkok Military Court denied bail to Harit Mahaton and Natthika Worathaiwich, charged under the lèse-majesté law, ruling that the two might obstruct the investigation process and were flight risks.
Their lawyer submitted a bail request with 700,000 baht surety for each individual.
Harit and Natthika were two of the eight junta critics abducted by the military on 27 April, and charged under the Computer Crime Act and Article 116 of the Criminal Code for their alleged involvement in a Facebook page that mocks Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, the junta leader and Prime Minister.
The eight were released on 10 May, but Harit and Natthatika were immediately re-arrested since, unlike the other six, they were also accused of lѐse majesté for sending private messages deemed to defame the Thai monarchy.