Denying bail to dangerous opponents

2 03 2011

Prachatai has two stories on regime opponents denied bail.

The first story is about the expected refusal of bail for lese majeste victim Darunee Charnchoensilpakul. On 1 March 2011, it is reported that the Appeals Court denied her bail application yet again, “citing the same reasons as Court of First Instance, which had dismissed the bail request on 23 Feb, that the alleged offences carry severe penalties and affect the revered monarchy, and that she might flee.” The court rejected Darunee’s claim that she required dental treatment outside the hospital.

PPT would not expect the regime to show any leniency to Darunee, who is being punished as an example to others who dare question the legitimacy of the monarchy. She has now been incarcerated for 2 years and 7 months. [updated for a typo, apologies and thanks to the reader who spotted it]

The second is about imprisoned red shirts. It states that, in Mukdahan, the “provincial court granted bail to 6 red shirts so that they can receive treatment for mental illnesses developed during detention. Lawyers from the People’s Information Centre will request bail for the remaining 6 detainees [in Mukdahan] within this week.”

The 22 red shirts held in prison in Udon Thani were less fortunate and “have been denied bail…”. These red shirts “were arrested under the Emergency Decree during and after the unrest on 19 May last year when provincial halls were burnt down.” Their lawyers had bail guarantees amount to 500,000 baht each, but the “provincial court dismissed the request on grounds that their alleged offences carry severe penalties and affect national security, and they might flee.” The lawyers are planning to re-submit their application shortly.

Recall that these detainees have been held in poor conditions, as political prisoners, for more than 9 months.



One response

6 03 2011
Kasit at the U.N. Human Rights Council | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the regime recently released seven red shirt leaders on bail after X months incarcerated, other remain imprisoned and refused bail. An unknown number – probably in the hundreds – of political prisoners remain in prison […]

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