More on Tanthawut’s lese majeste conviction

16 03 2011

Prachatai has more details on the recent lese majeste conviction of Tanthawut Taweewarodomkul.

Tanthawut, allegedly the web designer of Nor Por Chor USA, was sentenced “to 10 years’ imprisonment for posting messages deemed offensive under Section 112 of the Criminal Code (lese majeste law) and another 3 years for allowing a lese majeste comment to remain on his website without removing it.” The information regarding the evidence is interesting:

According to the police, three offensive comments were posted on the website on 1 and 13 March 2010, two by a user named ‘admin’ and one by another user. From information provided by the Triple T Broadband Company, an internet service provider (ISP), about the internet traffic on 30-31 March, they found that an IP address belonging to Thanthawut connected to the website via file transfer protocol (FTP), and presumed that that is an IP address of an administrator of the website.

The court said that the defendant had pleaded guilty during police investigation but later denied all charges in court. However, the defendant did not deny in his defense that the IP address belonged to him. Moreover, a defense witness also testified that if the administrator had taken the name ‘admin’, then other users would not be allowed to use that name. And also with the fact that the defendant had tried to access the website via FTP, the court believed that the defendant was guilty as charged, although the record of computer traffic was not that of the date and time of the posting of the messages.

In other words, Tanthawut’s conviction appears to have relied on circumstantial evidence.

Tanthawut’s lawyer applied for bail but this court refused to accept the application, saying it needed to be submitted to the Appeals Court. The lawyer explained that this was an odd procedure. PPT doubts Tanthawut will get bail.

PPT is moving his case details to the convictions page of our site.