Lese majeste, torture, deaths

1 09 2021

In the past, PPT has referred to lese majeste torture. This usually involved dragging out cases, detention for long periods without bail, and taking those accused all round the country to face other charges. In addition, there have been cases of deaths in custody, including of Ampol Tangnopakul.

With the Corrections Department having a terrible record of virus control, it is not at all a surprise to read in The Nation that Department deputy director-general Thawatchai Chaiwat stated that Chatchai Kaedam, one of five pro-democracy protest leaders who caught Covid-19 in prison has “developed lung trouble and needed close monitoring by doctors.” In prison it seems, not in hospital.

It seems that the Corrections Department can allow prisoners to become infected and then do little about it. This is clearly what the Thai legal system repeatedly calls “malfeasance” but could be construed as a far worse crime than this.

Again, the system is rotten.


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