September 28, 2016
The police have accused an embattled human rights lawyer of sedition and violation of the junta’s political gathering ban, for observing a pro-democracy protest.
Police from Samranrat Police Station issued a summon order for Sirikan Charoensiri, a lawyer from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), to report to the station on 27 September 2016, the TLHR reported.
Sirikan was only informed about the summon on 26 September, right after returning from a trip to Switzerland. She had travelled to Geneva on 17 September to speak at the 33rd general meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council. The police permitted Sirikan to postpone reporting.
According to the summon letter, the TLHR lawyer is accused of violating Article 116 of the Criminal Code, the sedition law; and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 3/2015, the junta’s ban on political gatherings of five or more persons.
She is accused of such charges for observing a pro-democracy gathering at Victory Monument, Bangkok, on 25 June 2015. The gathering was organised by the New Democracy Movement (NDM) activist group.
The police also accused Rangsiman Rome and other key members of the NDM of the same charges.
Earlier in May, the police police investigators pressed charges against Sirikan under Articles 142 and 368 of the Criminal Code for propagating false accusations against investigating officers and for disobeying police orders.