A supporter of anti-junta activists and the anti-establishment red shirts has pleaded guilty to accusations of lèse majesté in a military court.
On 24 January 2017, Burin Intin, accused of offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté, pleaded guilty to all charges during his trial in Bangkok Military Court.
The court will read the sentence on 27 January.
Burin, a welder from northern Thailand in his late 20s, was arrested during an anti-coup “Stand Still” protest held on 27 April 2016, at the Victory Monument in Bangkok. He has been in custody ever since his arrest.
Unlike other protesters who were arrested and subsequently released, Burin was later taken by soldiers and detained at the 11th Military Circle base in Bangkok after which the military accused him of two counts of lèse majesté.
On the first count concerned a Facebook comment which was posted shortly before he joined the protest on 27 April 2016. The second was a message on his private Facebook chat with Patnaree Chankij, the mother of Sirawit Serithiwat, a well-known anti-junta activist.
According to Burin, the night when he was detained at the military base in Bangkok, army officers demanded his Facebook password, but he resisted by keeping his mouth shut.
Later a heavily-built man in plain clothes, with a knitted hat, gave Burin four hard slaps on the head, while an interrogation officer threatened him by saying “You surely won’t survive. You won’t be able to get out [of this place]. If you won’t tell me [your password], I will take you somewhere where you will face even harsher treatment.”
Although Burin insisted that he did not give his password to the authorities, the police officers used conversations claimed to have been obtained from Burin’s Facebook inbox as supporting evidence to press charges against him.
More importantly, the documents to support the charges appear to have been prepared even before the police raided his house and confiscated his computer.