Another bailed

11 05 2021

Political prisoner Phromsorn Weerathamjaree, known as Fah, has been released on bail from the Thanyaburi prison after 53 days in pre-trial detention and a hunger strike.

Detained on lese majeste and other charges,

According to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), the Court of Appeal Region 1 allowed bail with security of 200,000 baht, with the condition that Phromsorn wears an Electronic Monitoring (EM) bracelet, does not tamper with evidence and does not commit similar offences to the one he is charged with.

He was bailed after four earlier requests had been rejected.

Phromsorn was bailed on 10 May.

The report states that Fah is “known as a talented public speaker and later joined Ratsadon Mutelu, a group of political activists that address structural problems via acts of sorcery.”

His 112 charge stemmed from a speech he made in front of Thanyaburi Provincial Court on 14 January 2021. 

The report states:

His case is a significant example of the bizarre judicial process facing pro-democracy protesters. He was suddenly taken to court for a temporary detention hearing after appearing at a police station on 17 March to hear the charges against him. This was 2 days after he was injured in a traffic incident.

Sasinan Thamnithinan, a TLHR lawyer who had accompanied Phromson to the police station, posted on Facebook an account of the sudden police move. The post explained that although Phromson had come to the station with his injuries to demonstrate that he had no intention to flee, the Deputy Superintendent suddenly decided, after the regular investigation stage, to take him to court before the court closed.

The police also sought to prevent the lawyer spending time consulting with her client, despite the turn of events, with the Station Superintendent allowing “them 2 minutes to consult in private.”

Phromsorn then staged a hunger strike to protest against his detention without bail.



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