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Thailand: Military Court will conduct an inquiry on a civilian lawyer for allegedly disseminating a testimony of a military witness

October 2, 2018

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) writes to draw your immediate attention to the
certain situation of Military Court’s inquiry of a civilian‘s defense lawyer Anon Numpha fo allegedly sharing a testimony of a military witness adduced by a military prosecutor.
Tomorrow, the Bangkok Military Court is going to inquire Mr. Anon Numpha at the Bangkok Military Court, in Khet Phra Nakhon, on 3 October 2018, at 8.30 am.

The inquiry related to the accusation against Mr. Anon Numpha for allegedly disseminating a military prosecutor witness’ testimony in the Mr. Thanakorn Siripaiboon case that legal officers of NCPO alleged him for violating Computer Crime Act and lese majeste and sedition of the Penal Code as a result of his postings about the King Rama IX’s dog and the alleged corruption in the construction of the Rajabhakti Park.

The Bangkok Military Court issued a summons dated 25 September 2018 to Mr. Anon
Nampha to be inquired over allegedly dissimating a military prosecutor‘s witness dated 23
February 2018 without permission of the Court. Nevertheless, an alleged content in the
prosecutor witness is part of the online article in the TLHR’s human rights case update title: “NCPO’s legal officer in sharing alleged corruption in the construction of the Rajabhakti Park and liking related to a dog king’s insult; testifying although he cannot use Facebook but spotted the defendant’s liking FB.” The article reported the Thanakorn case between February to September 2018 which is the public hearing without permission of making a note of any observers.

Regarding Mr. Anon Numpha, he is a lawyer network of TLHR who delicates his effort to
provide a legal aid to political accuses during NCPO’s administration. He has accused in
criminal charges at lease 10 lawsuits for violating the head of the NCPO order No. 3/2015,
alleging the sedition-like offense of Article 116 of the Penal Code, and insulting a court of
Article 198 of the Penal Code.




August 27, 2018

A lawyer accused of royal defamation and later convicted of sedition has been freed after over a year behind bars, his attorney said Monday.

Prawet Praphanukul was released Sunday, about 16 months year after he was arrested on a charge of lese majeste, according to attorney Pavinee Chumsri. Prawet was acquitted of royal defamation, but a civilian court in June sentenced him to 16 months in prison for sedition instead.

“I am happy for Prawet because he was initially indicted on 10 counts of Section 112,” Pavinee said, referring to the section of the penal code addressing royal insults punishable by up to 15 years in jail per count.




Thailand: Thai rights lawyer get 16 months prison for Facebook post

June 27, 2018


A Thai court sentenced a human rights lawyer to 16 months in prison on Wednesday, finding him guilty of sedition for material he posted online but dropping charges of royal defamation.

Prawet Prapanukul had been indicted on 10 royal defamation charges and three sedition charges. He has said he would not appoint a lawyer to defend himself in the case he called “a political issue, not a legal one.”

The Ratchada Criminal Court in Bangkok sentenced him to five months for each sedition count and an additional month for refusing to let officials take his fingerprint identification, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said.

Prawet had been a lawyer for supporters of the former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted by a military coup in 2006. He was arrested last year in connection with material he had posted on Facebook about Thailand’s 1932 revolution, which turned the country from an absolute monarchy into a constitutional one. Thailand’s current military government declared safeguarding the monarchy a top priority.

Critics of the lese majeste law covering royal defamation, which carries a punishment of three to 15 years’ imprisonment, say it is used to silence political dissidents. The legal aid group said last week at least 162 people have been charged under the lese majeste law since the military seized power again in 2014. Prawet’s was a rare case of an acquittal.






http://www.trthaber.com/haber/dunya/taylandda-bir-avukatin-facebook-paylasimi-basini-yakti-16-ay-hapis-372201.html (TURKCE)

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The Criminal Court sentence a Lawyer to 16 months in prison for sedition and refusing to be fingerprinted

27 June 2018 Bangkok

The Criminal Court found Prawate, a lawyer and political activist who allegedly committed 3 counts of offense under sedition law (section 116 of the Criminal Code) by posted messages of his personal Facebook in a manner to provoke the public to campaign against the current political system of Thailand, guilty and sentence him to 5 months in prison for each count in total 15 months in prison. The court also found him guilty for refusing to let a police take fingerprints under decree of Council for Democratic Reform no.25/2006 (Council for Democratic Reform was a name of military regime that staged a coup in 2006) and sentence Prawate to a month in prison. In total, Prawate is sentenced to 16 months in prison. In the rendering of a verdict today, the court did not mention to allegation under lèse majesté law that Prawate was charged by prosecutor for 10 counts.

After hearing the verdict Prawate claimed that he still not recognized legitimacy of this trial as well as his detention. He also stated that “One day in the future history of the world will judged them” Prawate’s relatives who presented at the court today seems to satisfy with a verdict as Prawate will soon reunite with the family. Prawate was remanded in custody at the Bangkok Remand Prison since 3 May 2017 for 420 days or roughly 14 months, he then had about 2 more months to serve. Regardless the next move of public prosecutor, Prawate will be release immediately after his 16 months sentence is complete. If the public prosecutor decided to appeal the case Prawate will be summon to the court only when the Court of Appeal render its verdict.

Prawate’s case began in the late April 2017, he was arrested by military in the same time with other 5 individuals. All were detained and inquired in a military camp from 29 April and were brought to the court on 3 May 2017 with accusation under lèse majesté law and Computer-related Crime Act. Prawate and other 5 individuals have never known each other before. While other 5 individuals were accused under lèse majesté law for sharing facebook status of Somsak Jeamteerasakul, a former historian lecturer who is now living in exile, Prawate was accused under lèse majesté law for 10 counts of offense by his own facekook status. He also faced 3 additional accusations under sedition law for posting status that deemed to be a provocation to the public with regard to the current political system and the need of change.

Prawate was remanded in custody since 3 May 2017, he seek for bail was rejected by the court on the ground that circumstance of the case was severe. 5 individuals who had been arrested in the same time with Prawate were released after the public prosecutor issued a non prosecution order while Prawate was still remanded in custody as the public prosecutor proceed the case to the court.

Prawate’s trial commenced in May 2018, the trial was announced to be close to the public due to its sensitivity. Prawate however decided to make statement that he will not recognize legitimacy of this trial on the ground that he did not trust in the judicial system. Prawate claimed that the court had already found him guilty before the trial even began when it denied his right to bail on the ground that circumstance of the case is severe. Moreover, Prawate also claimed that since circumstance of this case is online offense, his detention then prevent him from access to necessary evidences while the prosecution had fully access, it is thus against principle of equality of arms.

The trial in May 2018 last only for a couple days as Prawate neither conduct cross examination against prosecution’s witnesses nor had witness testify on his behalf. The court initially set to render a verdict of this case on 23 May 2018 but the previous schedule was postponed to today as the court has not concluded its decision at that time.


(ILaw English Facebook, 27/6/18)

Thailand/Lawyers for Lawyers: One year after receiving the L4L-Award 2017: Sirikan ‘June’ Charoensiri

June 18, 2018


Thai human rights lawyer Sirikan Charoensiri – known to friends as ‘June’- was the first woman to receive the Lawyers for Lawyers Award one year ago. She was rewarded for her ‘unwavering courage and commitment’ in defending human rights in Thailand. We asked her what has happened since receiving the Award and her return to Thailand. Read also the interview with June on our website: https://bit.ly/2yFmzET

Many thanks to Human Rights in the Picture (http://www.humanrightsinthepicture.org, @HumanRightsinthePicture) for creating this video.

http://www.advocatenvooradvocaten.nl/13355/video-sirikan-june-charoensiri-received-l4l-award-one-year-ago/ (VIDEO)



https://www.amnesty.nl/actueel/bedanktvideo-sirikan-charoensiri (NEDERLANDS)



Thailand/EU: Rights lawyer Sirikan June Charoensiri faces court again

June 19, 2018

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On 19 June, representatives from the EU Delegation to Thailand and Embassies of Sweden, the Netherlands, France and the US observed an indictment hearing of the case of Ms. Sirikan Charoensiri, a human rights lawyer. The purpose of the hearing was to establish whether she would be charged with concealing evidence and refusing to comply with an order, after she refused to allow the authorities to conduct a warrantless search of her car, which contained her clients’ information and consequently should be protected by the lawyer-client privilege.


(European Union in Thailand Facebook, 19/6/18)







https://prachatai.com/journal/2018/06/77501 (THAI/ENGLISH)

http://www.rfi.fr/asie-pacifique/20180622-thailande-france-prayut-chan-o-cha-premier-ministre-junte-pouvoir (FRANCAIS)

Thailand: Fifteen human rights defenders arrested and charged for demanding free and fair elections

May 25, 2018


Anon Nampa is is a human rights lawyer who works with Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. He has defended numerous individuals accused of lèse-majesté under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, including the jailed human rights defender Jatupat Boonpattararaksa.

On 22 May 2018, fifteen pro-democracy human rights defenders, including Anon Nampa, Rangsiman RomeSirawith Seritiwat, Chonticha Jaengrew and Piyarat Chongthep, were arrested and charged with sedition, with violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings of five people or more, and under the Road Traffic Act for participating in peaceful pro-democracy demonstrations in Bangkok.

All fifteen were arrested and charged for calling on the military junta to hold general elections. On 23 May, the police informed the lawyers of the human rights defenders that additional charges under the public assembly act will be pressed against the human rights defenders. On 24 May, the fifteen human rights defenders were released on bail on the condition they don’t engage in illegal political activities. Their bail bonds were 100,000 Baht each (approximately EUR2670).

As part of a peaceful rally marking four years since the military coup, the human rights defenders had been demanding that the military junta step down and that general elections be held no later than November this year. The military government has repeatedly gone back on its promise to hold elections.







https://tlhr2014.wordpress.com/ (THAI)

Thailand: On 4th anniversary of Thai coup, former law student remains in prison

May 21, 2018

(Jatupat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa (right) and Boonpattararaksa (left) and Vasin Prommanee, seen here at the time of their arrest, had charges dropped of violating the constitution referendum law.)

On May 22, 2014, the National Council for Peace and Order came to power in Thailand. The four years since have seen a dramatic increase in the number of prosecutions for the crime of lèse majesté, or insulting the crown. On the four year anniversary of the coup, Scholars at Risk (SAR) remains particularly concerned over the sentencing on lèse majesté charges of Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa, a former Khon Kaen University law student and activist.

SAR understands that on December 2, 2016, Mr. Boonpattararaksa posted a BBC Thai article about King Rama X, who ascended the throne that month, on his Facebook account. Authorities arrested him the following day, charging him under Article 112 with lèse majesté, marking the first instance of a student detained in connection with such a charge since the new king’s ascension to the throne. Although the article has reportedly been reposted by more than 2,500 others, we understand that only Mr. Boonpattararaksa was arrested and charged with a crime for doing so.

SAR further understands that Mr. Boonpattararaksa was released on bail the day after his arrest, but was re-arrested and his bail revoked on December 22, 2016, after he posted additional Facebook comments regarding the circumstances of his arrest and prosecution. On February 10, 2017, following weeks of protests and calls for his release, the Khon Kaen Provincial Court formally indicted Mr. Boonpattararaksa on charges of lèse majesté and violation of Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act, which criminalizes the “importation of illegal computer content.” Mr. Boonpattararaksa’s requests for bail were denied ten times by the court, most recently on June 30, 2017. Following more than seven months of detention, Mr. Boonpattararaksa pleaded guilty to the charges against him on August 15, 2017. The court sentenced him to five years in prison, a term which was then reduced to two and a half years. Mr. Boonpattararaksa reportedly took his final exams for law school while in prison, in December 2017; however, he was not permitted to participate in graduation ceremonies.