We at PPT wanted to post this update on Ampol Tangnopakul’s case earlier, but the bombings took up our space and reading time.
Sadly, Ampol (known as Ah Kong) has departed this life, having died of cancer while in custody in 2012. He was in jail because he had been sentenced for lese majeste. Some might have thought that that would have been the end of the case.
However, as reported at Prachatai, Ah Kong’s wife Rosmalin Tangnopakul has continued to “pursue a case against the Department of Corrections of Thailand at the Civil Court over her husband’s death.”
On Monday, a pretrial hearing on Ah Kong’s death in custody, with Rosmalin”demanding compensation of 2,070,000 baht (about USD 58500) from the Department of Corrections over the death of her husband.”
In her complaint, she “accuses the prison authorities of negligence over the health conditions of prisoners resulting in the death of her husband, which violates Article 51 of the 2007 Constitution on the rights to public health provisions and Article 32 on the rights and liberty of individuals.” She has also requested compensation for the cost of Ah Kong’s funeral.
The case will be back in court on 19 October 2015 when the court will decide whether to hear the case.