Bento arrest warrant

11 09 2015

“Bento” is a name attributed to a Prachatai web board poster who was accused of and charged with lese majeste and offenses under Section 14 of the 2007 Computer Crimes Act for posts at that now defunct board in 2008. She was arrested on 30 January 2009 and was bailed after 10 days.

The case remains murky, but was central to evidence given at the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn in 2011-12. Little is known of the case, with Prachatai referring (several years ago) to Noppawan Tangudomsuk as Bento.

On Friday, the Bento story returned, with the Supreme Court issuing an arrest warrant for Noppawan when she failed to appear in court to hear the verdict in her case. Her father appeared at the court and stated that he does not know where his daughter is and is unable to contact her.

As well as issuing the warrant, the court set a new date to read the verdict: 20 October 2015.

Prachatai reports that the Court of First Instance in January 2011 dropped the case, citing inconclusive evidence. The Appeal Court in October 2013 overturned that decision and sentenced her to five years in prison. She appealed and was on bail.


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