Tanthawut’s lese majeste case in court

11 02 2011

Tanthawut Taweewarodomkul‘s lese majeste case has been reported at Prachatai.

Tanthawuth (Photo by Nick Nostitz)

In the latest report, Tanthawut “has told the court that he did not post the allegedly offensive messages and he was forced to confess by police, and insisted that he is not the administrator of http://www.norporchorusa.com.”

Earlier, Tanthawut told the court that “he was the owner of a company which designed and developed websites for customers mostly in the tourism and hotel businesses. In March 2010, a person contacted him at his website, http://www.redthai.org, asking him to design a logo and background for the website. They later corresponded through email, and he received a link to access the website via FTP (File Transfer Protocol). Through the link, he found one folder, but he could not go further than that.”

From the time that he was arrested on 1 April 2010, the police have cajoled him to confess to this “crime” with serious consequences.

This is standard practice in cases involving the monarchy as the state authorities prefer to avoid trials and any scrutiny of their often flimsy “evidence.”

In Tanthawut’s case, they used his young son as the “bait” to force a confession. Initially, when he did not confess, he and “his 10-year-old son spent the night at the police station. The next morning, he woke up when someone came into the cell and told him that he did not love the king and he was a dangerous person. The police then resumed the interrogation, and repeated that he should sign quickly so that he could go back to be with his son, or else the social welfare department would come to adopt his son.” He “confessed.”

However, he soon “retracted the confession … and insisted to the court that he was not an administrator of the website and did not post the messages.”

The court is due to rule on Tantawut’s case on 15 March.


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