Prachatai on Surachai

23 02 2011

Prachatai has a few more details on the arrest of Red Siam’s Surachai Sae Dan on lese majeste charges.

It notes that the “Criminal Court has approved a police request to remand Surachai Danwatthananusorn for 12 days” following his arrest in Nonthaburi and transport to the Chokechai Police Station.  “He was charged with lèse majesté for his public speech on 18 Dec last year during a red-shirt activity entitled ‘The 2nd Eye Opening Talk’ at the Imperial Mall Lad Phrao.”

Surachai is now remanded in custody until 5 March.

It is reported that “Surachai said that when the police approached to arrest him, a small skirmish occurred as he thought that he was under attack.” He adds: “I’ve never experienced an arrest like this.  In fact, they could just make a phone call, and I’ll show up, because I’m already prepared…”. He added that he was prepared because “he had been informed that the arrest warrant had been issued since January, but no summons had been delivered.  He had received a summons concerning another lèse majesté case in Chiang Mai, but it had been cancelled as, he thought, the Department of Special Investigation had taken over all his cases.”

As has been reported elsewhere, Surachai “said that he had been prepared to fight the case and probably a few more.  He will not just fight for his release.  He will neither confess nor deny the charges, but will fight for changes, including abolition of Section 112 of the Criminal Code which deals with lèse majesté.”

He added that he was not worried about bail because he will fight for change: “I want to make changes.  I want to send a signal to those high above that the current crisis of faith in the high institutions is very strong. A civil war will occur if this government is still allowed to stay.  It has been looming since the events at Ratchaprasong.  If things are allowed to go on this way, it will certainly become like what’s happening in the Middle East.  So it doesn’t matter if I am released or not, but today Thailand has to change.  Those high above must find a way out of the country’s problems…”. He refused to give any “evidence to the police.”


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