Nattatida Meewangpla

NattathidaWhen she was arrested, Nattatida Meewangpla was a 36 year-old volunteer nurse, accused by the military dictatorship of terrorism and lese majeste.

Some reports say she was abducted by the military on 17 March 2015. Her lawyer says it was 11 March, being held incommunicado for six days by the military. She was then charged with “terrorism,” and was later accused of lese majeste.

The charge was made by Col. Wicharn Joddaeng, an officer in the Internal Security Operation Command (ISOC), a counter-insurgency agency, who claims Nattatida copied a text that insulted the monarchy from one chat room and posted it in two other chat groups.

This charge is simply meant to get her jailed as quickly as possible and to lock up another person considered a threat to the military dictatorship. Her particular threat to the regime is that she is a witness to the murder of six individual at Wat Pathum Wanaram Temple by soldiers during the crackdown on red shirts on 19 May 2010.

Earlier posts at PPT are here, here, here, here and here.

The courts consistently denied her bail until suddenly granting bail on 4 September 2018.

The impression is that the regime, led by generals responsible for the 2010 massacre of red shirts, wants he silenced. Certainly, they have not been in any rush to proceed with her trial. Her first hearing is scheduled for May 2018.

The terrorism case has made little progress, with the other three “terrorism” suspects released on bail in July 2017. However, the Bangkok Military Court ruled that Waen be kept in jail on the lese majeste charge.

Her lawyer essentially argues that her devices were confiscated on her arrest on 11 March 2015, “but the alleged message was uploaded about a week later.” It is not unusual for the police and military to plant “evidence.”

Her lese majeste court hearings finally began on 20 July 2018, held in secret before the Bangkok Military Court. He lawyer believes that the deliberate delays, shortage of military judges and failure of prosecution witnesses to appear on schedule means that the court proceedings may continue for years.

Waen’s lawyer reiterated that the evidence is scant and “witnesses” unreliable.

The military court allowed bail on a bond of 900,000 baht.

Her trial, like many others that concern the monarchy, continue to be conducted in secret.

Media accounts of Nattatida’s case:

Khaosod, 4 September 2018: “Nurse Who Witnessed Temple Slaughter Freed on Bail

Prachatai, 1 August 2018: “Witness of 2010 Massacre might be tried for another 2 years: lawyer

Bangkok Post, 21 July 2018: “Eyewitness to injustice

Khaosod, 21 July 2018: “Mental Health of 2010 Temple Massacre Witness in Question

Prachatai, 27 April 2018: “Lawyers fund raise to bail witness of 2010 crackdown charged with royal defamation

Prachatai, 25 July 2017: “Key witness of 2010 military crackdown detained further

Khaosod, 25 July 2017: “Key Witness of 2010 Temple Shooting Detained Under 112 Charge

Khaosod, 19 March 2015: “Terror Suspect Charged With Insulting the Monarchy

8 responses

26 07 2017
The junta’s inhumane use of lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Khaosod reports, and as we have on our short page on her case, back in March 2015, she was “charged in two separate cases: conspiring with a terror group […]

26 07 2017
The junta’s inhumane use of lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Khaosod reports, and as we have on our short page on her case, back in March 2015, she was “charged in two separate cases: conspiring with a terror group […]

28 04 2018
Silencing witnesses | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] lawyers are planning to submit another bail request for Nattathida Meewangpla or Waen who is also held on a terrorism charge. Earlier posts at PPT are here, here, here, here and […]

28 04 2018
Silencing witnesses | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] lawyers are planning to submit another bail request for Nattathida Meewangpla or Waen who is also held on a terrorism charge. Earlier posts at PPT are here, here, here, here and […]

22 07 2018
Lese majeste used by the junta to silence a witness | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] she was arrested, Nattatida Meewangpla was a 36 year-old volunteer nurse, accused by the military dictatorship of terrorism and lese […]

22 07 2018
Lese majeste used by the junta to silence a witness | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] she was arrested, Nattatida Meewangpla was a 36 year-old volunteer nurse, accused by the military dictatorship of terrorism and lese […]

4 09 2018
Waen gets bail | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] she was arrested by the military – in fact, abducted – on 11 March 2015, Nattatida Meewangpla, also known as Waen, was a 36 year-old volunteer nurse, accused by the military dictatorship of […]

4 09 2018
Waen gets bail | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] she was arrested by the military – in fact, abducted – on 11 March 2015, Nattatida Meewangpla, also known as Waen, was a 36 year-old volunteer nurse, accused by the military dictatorship of […]