Court indicts Facebook administrators for page mocking PM

Published August 25, 2016 by SoClaimon

ศาสตร์เกษตรดินปุ๋ย : ขอบคุณแหล่งข้อมูล : หนังสือพิมพ์ The Nation


MILITARY COURT prosecutors yesterday decided to indict eight administrators of a Facebook page which mocked the junta leader, on sedition and computer crime charges.

The lawyer for the accused, Vinyat Chartmontri, said his clients were temporarily released on Bt200,000 bail each on condition that they would not leave the country without the court’s permission and would not cause chaos.

The eight accused ran a Facebook page called “We Love Gen Prayut” and were arrested in late April on charges of inciting unrest under the Criminal Code’s Section 116 and breaching the 2007 Computer Crimes Act.

The page was alleged to have been making fun of Prime Minister and National Council for Peace and Order head Prayut Chan-o-cha. It was closed following the arrests.

The accused had been detained for 12 days before they were released on bail of Bt200,000 each in May, when investigators sought a second detention.


Two of those arrested, Harit Mahaton and Natthika Worathaiyawich, were additionally charged with violation of lese majeste law based on their online chat messages. The pair were released on bail of Bt 500,000 each after a fifth 12-day detention.

According to Thai law, investigators can detain suspects for not more than 48 hours after they are taken into police custody. With court approval, the suspects can be further detained for up to seven rounds of 12 days each, but not more than 84 days in total.

In a related development, Dao Din student activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, known as Pai Dao Din, was yesterday temporarily released on bail of Bt10,000.

The Military Court in Khon Kaen accepted his lawyer’s release on bail request but rejected a request that the charge be dropped.

“Pai Dao Din” was charged of defying the National Council for Peace and Order’s ban on political gathering following his activity against the coup in May last year.

Lawyer Arnon Nampa said Jatupat was sick due to his hunger strike while being detained on a separate charge regarding breaching the referendum law in Chaiyaphum.

Meanwhile, investigators of Bang Na Police Station postponed the case of anti-junta student activists who allegedly violated the referendum act, due to incomplete evidence.

For Friend Association head Piyarat Chongthep faced four charges including breaching the Referendum Act and violating the criminal code by destroying a public document after tearing down a ballot on August 7.

Piyarat had denied all allegations and was released on Bt20,000 bail. Along with Piyarat, two others who accompanied him to the polling booth were separately charged with breaching the referendum law banning inciting unrest in polling stations. The pair were also released on Bt10,000 bail.


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