Pai “confesses”

15 08 2017

A Bangkok Post report states that Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa “has confessed [to lese majeste and computer crimes] and the Khon Kaen Court will hand down the sentence on Tuesday afternoon…”.

The student activist “was brought to court at 9am on Tuesday for the second round of prosecutor witness hearings which like the first round was to be conducted in-camera.” The report continues:

Shortly after Mr Jatupat entered the courtroom, his lawyer came out to tell his parents that the ruling would be read in the afternoon because Mr Jatupat had confessed before the examination of the witnesses.

His parents declined to comment.

He had earlier denied all charges. Under the royalist (in)justice system, enormous pressure – amounting to torture – is placed on defendents to plead guilty. This allows the courts to not have to deal with lese majeste cases in any substantive way.


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