9 new charges against Chiranuch Premchaiporn

15 04 2009

FACT (15 April 2009: “Nine new charges against Prachatai webmaster”) reports on new charges laid against Prachatai web master Chiranuch Premchaiporn under Thailand’s Computer Crimes Act. Her initial charges were that Prachatai allowed comments posted by readers that were alleged to constitute lèse majesté.

According to the report, on “April 7, Chiranuch was called to Royal Thai Police headquarters for further investigation. She was accompanied by Prachatai director Chuwat Rerksirisuk and her two lawyers. Thai police laid nine new charges against Chiranuch resulting from the information she herself gave them after her arrest.”

FACT continues: “Additional charges under the cybercrime law mean that Chiranuch is facing 50 years in prison for comments she did not create.”

In addition, police told Chiranuch that six more persons will be charged later this month under the same act.

FACT concludes that the “Thai government is engaged in a political conspiracy to silence independent news and free expression. Government thinks they can silence freedom activists.”

Recall that when she was first charged, Democrat Party Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva kept telling the international media that he had called Chiranuch when the first charges were laid, claiming that this was a measure of what a democrat he was: “I was the first prime minister to do this…” he proudly proclaimed. He had meetings with Thai web-based media people to re-assure them. Again, Prime Minister Abhisit has been shown to be manipulative and untruthful. What will he say now?


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