Lese majeste victim Boonyuen released, another case moves ahead

8 07 2010

Somsak Jeamteerasakul at New Mandala 8 July 2010 reports on Boonyuen Prasertying’s release in June. He writes as follows:

Here is the link to a report at Prachatai (in Thai) on another ex-LM prisoner, just released last month too:…

Boonyuen was arrested in the same case as Da Torpedo, from their group’s political activities at Sanam Luang. (Da was arrested on 22 July 2008, Boonyuen was arrested three weeks later on 15 August. See report at the time of her arrest on Manager here: http://www.manager.co.th/Crime/ViewNews.aspx?NewsID=9510000096572 ) But she chose to act differently from Da (option II I mentioned above #18 http://asiapacific.anu.edu.au/newmandala/2009/04/28/suwicha-thakor-still-locked-up/#comment-698053 ), namely to ‘confess’ her ‘wrongdoing’ on LM, was sentenced right away, then appealed for royal pardon. In the meantime, she also decided to ‘cut off’ contact with her former activists including Da in prison. (See further below.)

Included in the report at Prachatai is a 3-part interview with her on YouTube. (Direct links here):

Part I: Life as prisoner

Par II: Real-life study of ‘Thai Law 101′

Part III: On Politics

Although in the interview, Boonyuen appears in the current royalist shirt color (Pink, not yellow), it’s clear from the content that she doesn’t change her political views. (She explains why she took part in the political activities: because Thaksin had done a lot for her family’s economic well being, etc.) Of course she ‘admits’ (in passing) her ‘mistake’ (ผิดพลาด ไม่เหมาะสม) on her LM speech, but insists that it’s not right to put her into jail. She suggests the [LM] law be changed to lesser punishment, such as warning or fine. (See Par III at minute 7.50).

PPT hasn’t seen this reported elsewhere.

At the same time, the lese majeste case against Sondhi Limthongkul is being progressed. See the report here.



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