Arrest of Somyos Pruksakasemsuk

30 04 2011

At 12 noon on  Saturday, 30 April 2011, Somyos Pruksakasemsuk was arrested in Aranyaprathet province.  Prachatai has reported that he has been arrested on charges of violating Article 112, the lese majeste law. He was being transported by the police to DSI for questioning.

As many PPT readers will know, Somyos is very active in the red-shirt movement and is the editor of Red Power magazine. He is also a long-time labour activist. Last April, along with Dr. Suthachai Yimprasert, he was arrested and arbitrarily detained by the CRES.

As an interesting point of word choice, in their reporting on the arrest,  the Bangkok Post  reported that Somyos he has been arrested for allegedly “attempting to topple the high institution.” PPT wonders if this means that he is also being charged with  กบฏ (rebellion),  or if this is how the Bangkok Post interprets Article 112.

One final question:  Prachatai also noted that the arrest warrant was issued on 12 February 2011. PPT wonders — why did the police wait until now to execute the warrant?



5 responses

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