Lese majeste victim Ampol to appeal

22 01 2012

Ampol and grandchildren

The Bangkok Post reports that Ampol Tangnopakul is to appeal his lese majeste conviction for sending messages supposedly denigrating the queen to then prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s secretary Somkiat Krongwattanasuk.

Lawyer Arnon Nampa said he would also apply for bail for Ampol. He is serving a ridiculous 20 years in jail.

Arnon said Ampol’s appeal would focus on the possibility of IMEI identification number forgery, missing files and documents and discrepancies in the testimonies of prosecution witnesses, and discrepancies in evidence on the location of servers and phone. Again, “Arnon insisted Ampon does not know how to use SMS texting,” insisting that receiving text messages is quite different from sending them.

These issues are not new, but were earlier dismissed by the trial judge. That judge’s performace was disgraceful.

Ampol continues to maintain his innocence.

As an appeal can take 2-3 years, Arnon wants bail for his client.



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