Burin Intin was arrested about 27 April 2016. He was taken from the police by soldiers and detained at a military base before the Military Court granted the first custody permission to the authorities to detain him. He was indicted for lese majeste and computer crime charges on 22 July 2016, almost three months after being detained.
Said to be a member of the Resistant Citizen group he was arrested as the military junta cracked down on dissidents. He was dragged before a military court to be detained for an initial 12 days as the police “investigated” the case before laying charges. The military regime stated that it had been monitoring Burin after he posted anti-junta comments online.
In fact, Burin had been campaigning online for the release of the eight from the Neo-Democracy and Resistant Citizen groups. He reportedly posted a 40-minute video clip titled ‘I want to be kidnapped’ with the hashtag ‘Release our kidnapped friends’,” referring to the Facebook 8. He had joined several protests and was initially arrested with 15 others and taken to the Phaya Thai police station.
The military junta soon declared that Burin had committed lese majeste in his “private chats” on Facebook.
It was soon revealed that at least some of his chats were with Patnaree Chankij, the mother of activist student Sirawith Seritiwat, who has been charged with lese majeste in another bizarre case. The conversation was referred to by police using these (translated) words:
In the [Facebook] chat, Mr. Burin who used his Facebook account named “Burin Intin” had posted messages obviously deemed defamatory to the monarchy. During the chat, Mr. Burin had also wrote “Don’t criticise me for saying all these”, and a reply had come from a Facebook account “Nuengnuch Chankij writing ‘Ja’.
On 11 May, the Military Court in Bangkok also allowed police to detain Facebook 8 protesters Harit Mahaton and Natthika Worathaiwich on lese majeste accusations, along with Burin, who had been one of their supporters.
He was indicted on 22 July 2016.
Media accounts of Burin’s case:
Prachatai, 22 July 2016: “Activist’s mom indicted for lèse majesté”
Prachatai, 11 May 2016: “Military court detains two junta critics, their supporter for lѐse majesté”
Bangkok Post, 8 May 2016: “Regime defends lese majeste arrest”
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, 7 May 2016: “Detained mother of pro-democracy activist charged with lèse-majesté ”
Bangkok Post, 30 April 2016: “Protester charged with lese majeste”
Khaosod, 30 April 2016: “Lese Majeste Filed Against Two Facebookers, Anti-Junta Activist“