Chiranuch’s trial

16 02 2012

The Bangkok Post reports on the continuing trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn under the psuedo-lese majeste law called the Computer Crimes Act.

Recall that initially Chiranuch’s trial was meant to be conducted over eight consecutive days in February 2011 but was brought to a temporary halt after just four days after hearing just five prosecution witnesses.

The incompetency of state prosecutors is demonstrated repeatedly in cases like this. PPT uses the term “incompetency” for if it isn’t this, then the state is engaging in a form of harassment that punishes lese majeste/computer crimes defendants who refuse to roll over and plead guilty, and that would be reprehensible and unconstitutional behavior.

In addition, the judges in the case have been changed. While this is said to have to do with the normal round of transfers of judges, it does call into question the fairness of the judicial system (again).

This most recent round of the trial resumed is to hear three more witnesses for the defense. Each presented information that claimed Thailand’s computer crimes law was out of line with international practice, that Prachtai attempted to monitor for inappropriate content under the law, despite the law lacking “guidelines or regulations for parties concerned to understand and expedite the law,” and the difficulties involved in monitoring large amounts of content in a timely manner.

The trial continues.





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