Updated: Arnon’s 13th 112 charge

13 08 2021

Prachatai reports that activist and human rights lawyer Arnon Nampa has been arrested and detained without bail on yet another lese majeste charge. This charge come after another ultra-royalist snitch operation and targeted the speech Arnon made at the second Harry Potter protest on 3 August 2021 at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre. In that speech he reiterated the need for the monarchy to be reformed.

Clipped from Prachatai

Arnon visited the Pathumwan Police Station on 9 August “after hearing that an arrest warrant had been issued for him…”. On arrival, “police presented an arrest warrant issued by the South Bangkok Criminal Court, signed by judge Somchai Prukchaikul.”

In addition to the Article 112 charge, he is accused of “violating the Emergency Decree, and using a sound amplifier without permission.”

As Prachatai reports it, the “charges are a result of a complaint filed by Nopadol Prompasit, a member of the Thailand Help Centre for Cyberbullying Victims, an online royalist group whose members have filed numerous lèse majesté charges against many netizens…”. It continues:

Nopadol previously filed a complaint against activist Parit Chiwarak for Facebook posts he made about King Vajiralongkorn’s divorce from his ex-wife Sujarinee Vivacharawongse, and the use of Sanam Luang for funerals. He has also filed complaints against activists Piyarat Chongthep and Chonticha Jaengrew.

After two nights in police custody, Arnon was taken to court for a temporary detention hearing on 11 August. At that “hearing,” the court “approved the temporary detention request and denied him bail on the ground that he was accused of committing a serious offense and had breached his previous bail conditions, and that the inquiry officers objected to bail as they believe he is likely to commit further offences.”

It is reported that Arnon now faces 13 lese majeste charges.

Update: For an English-language translation of Arnon’s 3 August 2020 speech, download it from PEN International. It is an interesting read and an important document.



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