More on Professor Suthachai

30 05 2010

This was received from friends of Professor Suthachai:

27 May 2010

To whom it may concern (especially the human rights organizations),

This is urgent information regarding Dr. Suthachai Yomprasert, a historian professor who was arrested by the Thai authorities on May 24, 2010. *Please help campaign for his release.*

Professor Bayan, Dr. Suthachai’s wife, visited her husband at the Adisorn Army Camp in Saraburi earlier today. The army allows only his wife and mother to visit him, and in the morning only.

Dr. Suthachai is detained in a solitary unit. So is Mr Somyos Pruksakasemsuk who was arrested at the same time. Neither has been charged. In fact the arrests of them involved deception by the authorities. Both had got warrants to report to the police for some questioning. They complied. The police told them that they would bring them to the Crime Suppression Headquarter. Instead, they sent them to the Adisorn Army Camp in another province.

Legally, neither is Dr. Suthachai nor Mr. Somyos a law-breaker or a criminal since there is yet any charge. They are detained for interrogation. But they have been treated as if they were felons. Their treatments are more severe than the UDD leaders who are detained at the Naresuan Police Camp.

Dr. Suthachai brought some books to prepare for his class (at Chulalongkorn University) in a few weeks. But the soldiers took those books away and do not allow him to read anything (except a magazine about horses left by someone in this room). Dr. Suthachai, therefore, protests by going on a hunger strike. Our serious concern is that he has diabetes, requiring insulin injections twice a day. The lack of food may have serious effects on his condition, including a danger to his life.

Every words in the conversation between Dr. Suthachai and his wife on visiting day was recorded by 5 soldiers who stand around the couple.

This coming Sunday is the funeral for Bayan’s father. Dr. Suthachai’s lawyer will make an appeal to the court to allow him to attend the funeral of his father-in-law. But we do not know if the appeal would be granted, even though he is not yet charged or being a suspect or criminal of any kind whatsoever.

Sincerely,

On behalf of frinds and family of Dr. Suthachai Yimprasert.


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1 06 2010
Release of Dr. Suthachai Yimprasert « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] who was arbitrarily detained by the CRES last Monday. PPT has previously blogged about Suthachai here, here, here, and here. You can also read about his case on the blog of Siam Democracy Cooperative, […]

1 06 2010
Updated: Release of Dr. Suthachai Yimprasert « Politicalprisonersofthailand's Blog

[…] who was arbitrarily detained by the CRES last Monday. PPT has previously blogged about Suthachai here, here, here, and here. You can also read about his case on the blog of Siam Democracy Cooperative, […]

24 08 2010
Defending the indefensible « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] exile by royalist claims of lese majeste?; and 2. How vocal was Charas in supporting his colleague Suthachai Yimprasert when he was arrested on flimsy charges under the draconian emergency decree? It is clear that […]