4 long years

30 04 2015

112It is now four very long years since Somyos Prueksakasemsuk was arrested on 30 April 2011 and charged with lese majeste.

Kept in jail until his trial, often in chains and cages when he made court appearances, on 23 January 2013, Somyos was sentenced to 5 years on each of two lese majeste charges, with an extra year added from a previous suspended sentence for insulting the despicable General Saprang Kalayanamit, a leader of the 2006 royalist coup.somyos

During his trial, shackled and caged, Somyos was dragged around the country for court appearances in several provinces where, in one case, no witness even showed up, causing the court appearance to be cancelled. This and the repeated refusal of bail represented a form of torture.

Essentially, the royalist elite has chosen to punish Somyos for being an activist.

To acknowledge this tragedy, PPT links to a two-part interview (here and here) with Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk, who has campaigned hard and long, seeking justice for her husband.

Somyos has never seen a fair trial. He is a political prisoner.


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