Lese majeste victim Surachai hospitalized, will plead guilty

20 11 2011

Prachatai has an important update on lese majeste victims incarcerated at the Bangkok Remand Prison, which is still inundated by floodwaters.

Surachai

According to Pranee, his wife, Surachai Sae Dan (Danwatthananusorn), her husband has been in the prison hospital since early November. His case was meant to be heard on 31 October, but was postponed due to flooding. It is now scheduled for 30 January 2012.

She and the Red Siam group are now appealing to the authorities through the Truth for Reconciliation Commission for all of the cases against her husband to be combined into one. She said all cases were essentially the same and as “Surachai had health problems and could not travel to several provinces for witness hearings over a long period of time.” She added this: “… he [Surachai] wants to combine all the cases and plead guilty…”.

This is something of a surprise as Surachai had seemed committed to fighting the case. Pleading guilty is always what the authorities demand so that the courts do not have to actually hear the cases and lese majeste victims can simply be sentenced. The authorities tend to deliberately drag out cases until they get the guilty plea.

The next scheduled court appearance by a victim of the the draconian lese majeste law is 21 November when Somyos Pruksakasemsuk will face the Sa Kaew Provincial Court. According to this report, Somyos “will then be taken to Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan and Songkhla for further hearings of prosecution witnesses on 19 Dec, 16 Jan 2012 and 13 Feb 2012, respectively.”

Meanwhile, the U.S.’s forgotten citizen Joe Gordon has verdict reading “postponed indefinitely due to the flooding…”. His lawyer plans to lodge a petition for the court to read the verdict.

Another victim of this medieval law, the aged Ampol Tangnopakul will hear his verdict on 23 November.


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24 01 2012
Lese majeste victim Surachai pleads guilty « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Surachai Danwattananusorn‘s earlier statements, more than two months ago, it is no surprise to learn from the Bangkok Postthat he “has pleaded guilty to two offences […]

24 01 2012
Lese majeste victim Surachai pleads guilty « Political Prisoners of Thailand's Blog

[…] Surachai Danwattananusorn‘s earlier statements, more than two months ago, it is no surprise to learn from the Bangkok Postthat he “has pleaded guilty to two offences […]




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