The “top corrections official sought to reassure the public today about the well-being of a man arrested in October and charged with defaming the monarchy.” He means Jirawong Wattanathewasilp,arrested in mid-October.
PPT was sure that he was due to appear in court today, Thursday. However, Khaosod now states that Jirawong is due in court on Friday.
The Corrections Department boss states: “Just today, I received a report that Mr. Jirawong is still alive and in good health. He has no illness.”
It is, of course, seriously bizarre that any government must even make such statements. But today’s Thailand has become strange, scary and bizarre.
On that basis, we will wait to see him appear for court before we believe the military regime’s officials.