An update on Suraphot’s lese majeste case

15 02 2012

Readers may recall a case lodged in Roi-et, by a yellow-shirted serial lese majeste accuser, against academic and Prachatai contributor Suraphot Thawisak.

Suraphot is accused, along with others, of lese majeste related to posts at the independent media outlet Prachatai. Prachatai reports that Suraphot has had his police summons delayed until 17 February 2012.

Meanwhile, an investigating police officer has appeared before a panel at the National Human Rights Commission. When yellow shirt activist Wiput Sukprasert lodged his complaint, Pol Lt Col Sukhit Phetyotha stated that:

police practice in handling complaints under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, police investigators are obliged to forward all cases to the regional and then central police for consideration, including even the cases they have already decided not to pursue.

So Roi-et police established an investigation with its team “interrogating those involved in the case and checking IP addresses with the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology.” The outcome was a meeting “chaired by the Regional Police Commander [that] decided that Suraphot and an unidentified Prachatai reader should be prosecuted as alleged.”

Suraphot was then issued with a summons. If he fails to appear before police, an arrest warrant will be issued. It is the summons that he is expected to answer in a couple of days.

This is yet another case that makes Nitirat’s case for it. More, it makes a case for abolishing a law that is only used for political repression.



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