Updated: Two bailed

23 04 2021

Two political prisoners charged with lese majeste and other offenses have been granted bail.

Thai PBS reports the good news that Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa have finally been bailed. The softening of the regime and the regime’s courts on these two may reflect a regime belief that it can further split the leadership of the recent protests. In any case, these two, both previously convicted and jailed on 112 charges, have agreed that they will not challenge the monarchy:

Pai and Somyos

Pai and Somyos Clipped from Thai PBS

The defendants told the court that, if they were to be granted bail, they would refrain from any activities which may damage the reputation of the Thai monarchy.

Having heard the testimony of prison officials and the pledge by the defendants, the court ruled that there was no reason not to grant them bail, at 200,000 baht each, and set the conditions that they must not get involved in activities which may tarnish the monarchy or leave Thailand.

Their supporters, who had been staging 112-minute protests against Article 112 “called off the protest and travelled to Bangkok Remand Prison to welcome the Ratsadon leaders upon their release.”

Update: Prachatai reports that two others on 112 charges – named as Phonphimon (Pholpimol) and Phonchai (Pornchai Wimolsupawong) were bailed in Chiang Mai.

One more 112 arrest

12 03 2021

The Bangkok Post reports that there’s been another lese majeste arrest. Police arrested “Pornchai Wimolsupawong, 38, a Mae Hong Hon resident, in front of a condominium building on Rattanathibet Road in Muang district on Wednesday evening…”.

Clipped from Bangkok Post

Pornchai was wanted for several alleged offenses: one for an act in front of Maejo police station in Chiang Mai, another for having “spray-painted the fence outside the Royal Thai Police Office on Nov 18 last year, and [another for] allegedly … set[ting] fire to a picture of … the King and other material in front of the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road on March 6…”. Pornchai “is also accused of similar offences in Yala”

He is claimed to have “posted photos and videos of his actions on Facebook, using the account name Mario Chinrxe.”

Pornchai has “denied all charges and refused to give a statement.”

He was transferred to Maejo police station.

Police are “preparing their case to support an application for arrest warrants for the alleged offences in Bangkok.”

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