Akradet Eiamsuwan

112Akradet Eiamsuwan, a third-year engineering student at Mahanakorn University of Technology, is alleged to have posted remarks on Facebook against the monarchy. A complaint was made against him in March 2014.

He was arrested on 18 June 2014 and has been denied bail four times.

The Criminal Court states “there was no justification to change the refusal of bail since the defendant was an educated adult who knew of his acts and detention would prevent possible flight.” This is common in lese majeste cases, although there is scant evidence presented for this risk in Akradet’s case.

The 24 year-old student is accused of lese majeste and computer crimes.

On 11 September, the public prosecutor indicted him on charges of having violated both laws. Akradet is accused of using a Facebook username “Uncle Dom also loves the King” and of posting lese majeste comments on a Facebook status of a friend. The charge under Article 14 of the Computer Crimes Act is for importing illegal content into the computer system. The charges stem from a complaint made following an online dispute with a Facebook friend over political ideology. That “friend” lodged the police complaint.

On 30 September 2014, Akradet entered a guilty plea. The Court read its verdict on 4 November 2014, sentencing him to 5 years in jail, halved for his guilty plea.

Remarkably, the judge in the case stated that posting a public comment on Facebook represented a grave and “serious threat” to the monarchy. Because of this ludicrous interpretation – or is it a recognition of the monarchy’s rapid decline – the judge refused to suspend the sentence.

Media accounts of Akradet’s case:

Deutsche Welle, 4 November 2014: “Thai student gets prison for insulting King Adulyadej

Khaosod, 4 November 2014: “Student Sentenced To Jail For Insulting Monarchy on Facebook

AP, 4 November 2014: “Thai Man Convicted of Defaming King on Facebook

Prachatai, 4 November 2014: “Court sentences man posting lese majeste FB comments to 5 years in jail

Prachatai, 30 September 2014: “Lèse majesté suspect pleads guilty for posting FB comments defaming king

Prachatai, 12 September 2014: “Man indicted with lese majeste for FB comment

Prachatai, 24 July 2014: “Lèse majesté prisoners denied bail

 

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12 09 2014
More lese majeste repression | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Akradet E. is a 24 year-old student accused of lese majeste and computer crimes, held without bail since 18 June 2014. This coincided with the military dictatorship’s massive expansion of the use of lese majeste as a means of political repression following the coup in May. […]

12 09 2014
More lese majeste repression | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] · by Political prisoners of thailand · in Uncategorized · Leave a comment Akradet E. is a 24 year-old student accused of lese majeste and computer crimes, held without bail since 18 […]