Pravit on Darunee

25 06 2009

Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, also known as Da Torpedo, is the subject of a story in The Nation by Pravit Rojanaphruk (25 June 2009: “Closed door lese majeste trial for Daranee makes lawyer despair”).

Prawese Praphanukul, Darunee’s lawyer, “said it was hard enough fighting a lese majeste case in the open, so having the trial closed to the public and media would make things even more difficult.”

Prawese “insists Daranee is innocent but conceded the chance of winning these cases was slim.” He criticized the lèse majesté law, saying “I can’t see that it’s making society democratic … as it ends up being a tool of opposing [political] groups…”.

The lawyer also said “it was not right Daranee had to wear a brown prison gown while in court. This type of attire was normally reserved for people accused of severe crimes, such as selling more than 10,000 methamphetamine tablets…”.

By the way, the Bangkok Post did have a short report of about 30 words in yesterday’s print edition, drawn from the Reuters report.

Where’s Amnesty International in Thailand when they are needed? Off talking with the higher ups? Also behind closed doors?


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