Four people jailed for suspected involvement in Thai Federation movement

Four defendants in the Thai Federation case have been sentenced to between 2 and 3 years in prison for suspected involvement in the Thai Federation movement, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) said on Tuesday (21 January).

The case was filed on 24 October 2019. The public prosecutor filed charges against the four defendants, along with Wutthipong “Ko Tee” Kotthammakun, Chucheep “Uncle Sanam Luang” Cheewasut, Siam Theerawut, Kritsana Tupthai, and Wat Wanlayangkoon, for their alleged involvement in the republican Thai Federation movement.

The Criminal Court ruled that the four defendants are guilty of sedition according to Article 116 and of being members of a secret society according to Article 209 of the Criminal Codes, but since two of the defendants confessed during the investigation stage, the Court reduced their sentence to 2 years imprisonment.

Three of the four defendants were released on bail at 16.30 on Tuesday (21 January), while the fourth defendant is still in custody as no relative came to file a bail request.