Visiting Darunee in prison

11 12 2009

Prachatai has reports in English (11 December 2009: “Da Torpedo revisited”) and Thai (9 December 2009: “เราจะไม่ทอดทิ้งกัน” รายงานการเยี่ยมดารณี ชาญเชิงศิลปกุล) of a visit by activist friends to Darunee Charnchoensilpakul (Da Torpedo) at Khlong Prem Prison, where she is held, having been convicted of lese majeste. Prisoners are permitted visitors for 15 minutes once a day on weekdays.

The report states: “Once the writer had introduced herself as a master’s degree student in political science, Daranee instantly started talk about current political issues, including the performance of the incumbent Democrat-led government, and economic problems. Daranee was apparently happy to talk about these issues. She did not seem disheartened or fearful about the country’s political situation, despite the fact that it was the reason for her detention.”

Darunee thanked supporters who had sent their regards, including “a certain academic from afar.” She had also received letters from “Vietnam, the US, Australia, the Netherlands, etc. She felt grateful, and wished for more letters.”

The visitors told Darunee that “she was a symbol of injustice in Thailand.”

Nothing has yet been heard of her appeal, lodged on 27 October by Darunee’s lawyer Prawase Praphanukul.


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