Refusing bail

27 09 2014

Readers will recall that in mid-August, two young people associated with the play The Wolf Bride / ละคร เจ้าสาวหมาป่า were arrested and accused of lese majeste.

More than forty days later, according to Prachatai, one of these activists, Patiwat Saraiyaem has been refused bail for a fifth time.

The police claim they have not finished viewing the video of the performance of the play, which is considered “evidence.” We consider this just the usual rejection of basic human rights seen in almost every lese majeste case.

Those associated with monarchy and palace should be ashamed of their role in this gross violation of rights and for allowing acts that amount to torture to be inflicted in its name and without taking a stand to correct the violations. Of course, they aren’t ashamed, for this treatment is standard and an element of the repressive demonstration effect associated with lese majeste.


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16 10 2014
Nobody should expect justice | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] PPT simply points out that everything that has happened with this case is pretty much normal in the Thai justice system. The police are indeed corrupt and hopeless, lacking the normal skills of investigation, and relying on torture and confessions. Judges are political tools, very often money grubbing, and appear to know little about the law, often making decisions that flout the constitution (when there is one) and disregarding other laws when it suits them. Some of the very worst examples involve lese majeste cases, where the refusal of the right to bail is “normal.” […]

16 10 2014
Nobody should expect justice | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] PPT simply points out that everything that has happened with this case is pretty much normal in the Thai justice system. The police are indeed corrupt and hopeless, lacking the normal skills of investigation, and relying on torture and confessions. Judges are political tools, very often money grubbing, and appear to know little about the law, often making decisions that flout the constitution (when there is one) and disregarding other laws when it suits them. Some of the very worst examples involve lese majeste cases, where the refusal of the right to bail is “normal.” […]

21 10 2014
The Dictator on the Thai justice shamozzle | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] The police are … corrupt and hopeless, lacking the normal skills of investigation, and relying on torture and [forced] confessions. Judges are political tools, very often money grubbing, and appear to know little about the law, often making decisions that flout the constitution (when there is one) and disregarding other laws when it suits them. Some of the very worst examples involve lese majeste cases, where the refusal of the right to bail is “normal.” […]




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