Will Somyos be released?

23 07 2011

At 12 noon on Saturday, 30 April 2011, red shirt political activist and well-known labor rights advocate Somyos Pruksakasemsuk was arrested in Aranyaprathet province. He was apprehended on charges of violating Article 112, the lese majeste law. On Sunday, 23 July 2011, his maximum detention for investigation on the charge expires. Will he be released on Monday or charged?

The Bangkok Post reports that Somyos is hoping that he will be released.

Last Friday, in addition to on-going international activities in support of Somyos, “about 20 people rallied and chanted ‘Free Somyot, Free other Thai Political Prisoners’ in front of the Bangkok Remand Prison…”.

Somyos’s charge stems from an article published in his “Voice of Taksin” in February and March 2010 editions where an article allegedly contemptuous of the monarchy was printed under the name “Jitra Polchan.” Somyos’s lawyers have repeatedly requested bail and each time this has been denied.

The case of Somyos, imprisoned as an editor of a magazine, is yet one more example of the extreme political bias used by the authorities at the behest of the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime and its supporters to silence red shirt media. Somyos is a political prisoner who must be released.



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