Detained Thammasat student on lese majeste-like charge

31 05 2014

As noted yesterday, one of those arrested and detained for opposing the coup, Apichart  Pongsawat, was immediately transferred to the police and accused of lese majeste.

Prachatai now reports that the 25 year-old Apichart, a “graduate student from Thammasat University was charged on Friday with lese majeste offence after he was detained for seven days…”. It is reported that the police say the military provided evidence of the alleged offense “taken from the defendant’s Facebook post.” The charge is being processed as a violation of the draconian Computer Crimes Act.

Aphichart was immediately “taken to Bangkok Remand Prison on Friday after the court denied him bail, citing flight risk.” This was despite a bail guarantee made by Deputy Dean of Thammasat University Parinya Thewanarumitkul.

Prachatai reports that Aphichart was “also an officer working for The Law Reform Commission of Thailand.”


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