Another student on 112 charge

9 10 2021

Prachatai reports that “[s]tudent activist Benja Apan was arrested [on] … 7 October … on a lèse majesté charge in connection with the 10 August 2021 protest and has been denied bail.”

During that protest:

Benja read out the 2nd United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration Declaration, stating that the 2014 coup led by Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has led to a regime which benefited only the elite. The statement also criticised the government’s mishandling of the Covid-19 pandemic and called for the government properly handle the pandemic, revitalise the economy, repeal the 2017 Constitution which allows the junta government to prolong its stay in power, push forward reforms in state structures and the monarchy, and also return to the people their dignity.

Clipped from Khaosod

She met police at the Lumpini Police Station on Thursday afternoon “to hear a charge of violating the Emergency Decree for participating in the 3 September protest at the Ratchaprasong intersection.” However, the police “found” an outstanding Article 112 arrest warrant along with charges for violations of the Emergency Decree and the Communicable Diseases Act, for participating in the 10 August 2021 rally.

The police said they would take Benja to the Thong Lo Police Station, but she refused. Despite further exhortations, she was eventually grabbed and carried by two women police officers who carried her to a police vehicle which took her to the Thong Lo Police Station.

She was denied bail and detained at Thong Lo Police Station overnight. She was taken to court on Friday morning for a temporary detention hearing. Judge Netdao Manotamkij “denied Benja bail on the grounds that the offense carries a serious penalty, and that she has previously committed the same offense. The inquiry officer also opposed bail.”

Benja has been taken to Central Women Correctional Prison. She is facing 6 charges under Article 112.



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