Updated: More arrests

1 01 2021

Prachatai’s Facebook page reports another arrest, including another lese majeste charge, and another denial of bail:

TLHR reported that, at 17.30 yesterday (31 Dec), the police searched the house of an admin of the Khana Ratsadon Facebook page and confiscated their phone, yellow duck calendars, and commemorative medals.

The admin was then taken to the Nong Khaem Police Station and was later charged with royal defamation under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, claiming that the calendars contain messages and images which is an insult to the monarchy.

TLHR said that, during the arrest, the officers did not present an arrest warrant and inform the person of their rights.

The police has also denied bail for the admin, and required them to request bail when they are taken to court for a temporary detention request.

The Criminal Court will re-open on 2 Jan, and they are currently detained at the Nong Khaem Police Station.

Update: The Nation reported this arrest and 112 charge. It states that the charge relates to “a Ratsadon calendar on his table,” which “included pictures of Ratsadon’s icon – a rubber duck – as well as messages [alleged to be] mocking issues pertaining to the monarchy.” Initially refused bail, on Saturday, the Taling Chan Criminal Court decided to allow the detention of the suspect but then belatedly “granted him bail … [when] an MP of Move Forward Party offered a bail bond.”



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