Suriyasak Chatphithakkun

SuriyasakSuriyasak Chatphithakkun, 49, was accused by military junta legal officers of lese majeste on 24 March 2017. He was also accused of computer crimes.

Suriyasak was accused of committing lese majeste in Line messages.

He is one of nine persons arrested and accused of gathering weapons for an alleged republican and assassination plot against Generals Prayuth Chan-ocha and Prawit Wongsuwan, and a range of other “crimes” including terrorism.

They were detained for seven days at the 11th Military Circle in Bangkok after their arrest before being handed to the police. They are claimed to be red shirted associates of junta critic and renegade red shirt Wuthipong Kachathamakul or Ko Tee. Media reports were that the arrest of Suriyasak is one part of an operation which aimed to destroy the “Ko Tee network.”

According to the military snoops, Suriyasak is a local red shirt leader from Surin. They claim that on 13 July 2016 allegedly wrote a message deemed defamatory of the monarchy in a Line chat group called “People Outside Coconut Shell.”

He will go to a military court.

On 17 July 2017, the prosecutor decided not to prosecute the nine on weapons possession and terrorism charges. All accused were released but officers from the Technology Crime Suppression Division arrested Suriyasak on the Article 112 charge. Suriyasak has since been detained at Bangkok Remand Prison.

Media accounts of Suriyasak’s case:

Prachatai, 27 March 2017: “Military accuses Isaan red shirt leader of lèse majesté

Prachatai, 25 March 2017: “Ko Tee, the junta’s most wanted radical red shirt

Bangkok Post, 24 March 2017: “Thaksin sues TV duo over talk of Kotee link

Bangkok Post, 23 March 2017: “DSI to decide on status of Kotee case

Bangkok Post, 22 March 2017: “Red Radio group behind PM assassination plot

Bangkok Post, 21 March 2017: “Extradition sought for red-shirt leader

Bangkok Post, 19 March 2017: “Red shirt weapons plot aimed to kill PM

Bangkok Post, 18 March 2017: “Explosives, firearms seized at red-shirt house

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