Mothers and lese majeste detainees

6 08 2012

As Mother’s Day has long been stolen by the palace as a means to bolster the monarchy’s status, the advent of the day falls on the queen’s birthday. Hence it is eye-opening to see the mothers of lese majeste victims speaking out about the rights of their children.

The Bangkok Post reports that the mother of one lese majeste detainee “has pleaded for him to be released on bail on the eve of Mother’s Day (Aug 12), saying denials have ‘crippled’ his son’s basic rights.”

Apparently the Corrections Department “has allowed mothers of all prisoners and detainees who have registered before the end of last month, to meet their sons from Aug 2 to 10 and from Aug 14 to 20.” Taem took a 10-hour bus ride from the northeast to meet her son. Her son goes to court next month for the first time, having been held since September 2011, having been twice refused bail.

Other news on lese majeste detainees:

Surachai Danwattananusorn has been returned to prison after prostate treatment at the Police General Hospital that began on 25 July. He also received a “a one-fifth reduction of his sentence as a result of Mother’s Day.” This means he will be in in his 80s when released.

Somyos Prueksakasemsuk was due back in court on 19 September but the “court has to wait for a Constitution Court decision on whether Penal Code Article 112 was against the Constitution or not. Mr Somyot’s lawyer Suwit Thongnual said he would still seek bail for his client who has been denied bail 12 times since his arrest in April 2011.”

A petition to the Supreme Court for Tanthawut Taweewarodomkul (also known as Num) for dropping his appeal has been shelved for three months, meaning he was “ineligible for any royal pardon entitlement” associated with Mother’s Day.

Suraphot Thawisak (in the Post story, rendered as Thaweephak), stated that “Roi Et police have decided not to file a lese majeste case against him. However, Police Headquarters in Bangkok has the final say on the decision.”


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11 08 2012
Can only the rich be exemplary Buddhists? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the efforts to celebrate her 80th birthday have continued. PPT has commented on some of this (here, here and here) while ignoring much of the nonsensical and fantastical hagiography. However, a story at […]

11 08 2012
Can only the rich be exemplary Buddhists? « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the efforts to celebrate her 80th birthday have continued. PPT has commented on some of this (here, here and here) while ignoring much of the nonsensical and fantastical hagiography. However, a story at […]




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