Joe Gordon’s detention continues

20 07 2011

In most countries, Joe Gordon wouldn’t be in prison. But in Thailand, he’s accused of the political crime of lese majeste. So far he has been incarcerated for more than 60 days, and his sixth bail application will be heard on 24 July, the same day that Somyos Pruksakasemsuk is due to hear if his lese majest case will be prosecuted.

Joe is healthier than he was when his incarceration began for he is now receiving his required medication. However, according to a report at Prachatai, Joe’s mental state is deteriorating as his cruel imprisonment continues. He is quoted: “I feel that in weeks past, I’m getting in, deeper and deeper. I can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel anymore. I’ve never known a depression like this. This has been the most difficult period of my life, and I don’t know how, or when, this is going to end. And I can’t bear it.”

He adds: “They [PPT assumes the authorities] keep telling me: ‘keep quiet, keep quiet’. Why should I? I’m tired of keeping silent. When I get out of here, I will tell the world: there is no justice in Thailand. Innocence until guilt is proved does not exist here. I’m a U.S. citizen, who entered the country on my U.S. passport…. I’m not Thai anymore, and I have not been, for a long time.”

Joe has been denied bail five times. The only reasons given relate to lese majeste being a serious crime. Joe is frustrated by courts that will not relaease lese majeste prisoners to allow them to prepare to defend the cases.

In fact, Thai courts want to imprison those accused of lese majeste to silence them and to get guilty pleas. It is a form of torture.

Joes says he told the judges: “You are officers of the law. The DSI charged me because of a U.S. website. I am innocent of these charges. Even so, how can anyone think that a website outside of Thailand is within Thai jurisdiction? If you believe in justice, how can you justify my imprisonment? There is nothing about this situation that is fair. This would never happen where I live – in the United States, where there is freedom of expression, and a man has a chance to prove he is innocent.”

Joe demanded that they “release of political prisoners.”



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