Sulak reports to court

20 05 2009

At 9 a.m. on 18 May 2009, noted social critic Sulak Sivaraksa reported to the Khon Kaen court. Sulak was arrested on 6 November 2008 on charges of lesè majesté stemming from statements he allegedly made in December 2007 while lecturing at Khon Kaen University. Sulak was granted six months bail in November 2008 while an investigation was ongoing. The investigation is still incomplete, so Sulak has been asked to appear before the court in Khon Kaen every twelve days until it is complete.

Even as he alluded to the personal hassle he faced in dealing with the bureaucracy, Sulak called for reform, not abolition of the lesè majesté law.

For further information about the latest developments in English, please see Prachatai, 19 May 2009, “Sulak Sivaraksa reports to court on lèse majesté charge, blames Thaksin”; ภาษาไทย ดู ประชาไท, “ส.ศิวรักษ์รายงานตัวต่อศาลคดีหมิ่นสถาบัน อ้างทักษิณแกล้งผม”

Please also see PPT’s background on Sulak’s case here.



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