Updated: Chiranuch in court on Monday

2 06 2010

From Thai Netizen Network:

Prachatai’s director, Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn as the accused intermediary under Computer Crime Act 2007, is scheduled by Criminal Court for first hearing today afternoon, Monday 31st, May 2010 at Criminal Court, Ratchadapisek Road at 1.30 pm. onwards.

Ms.Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director and web moderator of  Thai online news portal Prachatai, was granted bail with a 300,000 baht bond in March 31st, 2010 after prosecutors eventually filed a lawsuit against her under the Computer Crimes Act.

The Criminal Court set May 31 for the first hearing to check defence and prosecution witness lists. She is accused of allowing lese majeste comments on Prachatai’s online discussion board. If convicted she faces up to 50 years’ imprisonment.  She was first arrested in March 6, 2009.

After the hearing on May 31st, the Criminal Court will set the dates for the trial on this case.

Update: The Bangkok Post reports that “the Criminal Court has set February next year to begin proceedings against Prachatai editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn on charges of lese majeste under the Computer Crimes Act. Judge Chanathip Muanphawong yesterday set aside four sessions to hear the prosecution’s 14 witnesses and four sessions for 13 witnesses for the defence.


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