Chiranuch loses appeal

23 12 2015

red candleThis post is essentially one of record. Chiranuch Premchaiporn was was first arrested when the offices of Prachatai were raided by the Crime Suppression police on 6 March 2009, on accusations of allowing webboard comments with lese majeste content. The content on the website said to be problematic was from 15 October to 3 November 2008. Chiranuch ran the webboard.Chiranuch computer

On 30 May 2012, Chiranuch was found guilty under the Computer Crimes Act and slapped with an 8-month suspended sentence, reduced from 12 months, and US$630 fine. In early October 2012, Chiranuch decided to appeal her conviction. Her appeal was rejected on 8 November 2013. She then appealed to the Supreme Court.

Prachatai now reports that the Supreme Court on 23 December 2015 confirmed the verdicts from the Court of Appeal and the Court of First Instance. The Supreme Court also criticized Chiranuch for not deleting the offending posts quickly enough, noting a delay from a Saturday to Monday. Chiranuch denies this.

It also criticized her for not doing enough to facilitate police investigations on lese majeste and computer crimes. While this is a strange claim, given that Chiranuch was being charged and investigated, it is also denied, pointing to failures on the part of the police investigators.



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