Connect with us

Protests

A further 18 pro-democracy activists, including 3 protest leaders, may face prosecution

Maya Taylor

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Nikkei Asian Review

A human rights lawyer says a further 18 political activists, including 3 leaders of the Ratsadon pro-democracy group, may face prosecution. Noraseth Nanongtoom from the Centre for Human Rights Lawyers says the activists will appear before prosecutors today, where they face charges related to the September 19 and 20 protests at Thammasat University and Sanam Luang in Bangkok.

3 protest leaders, Panasaya Sitthijirawattanakul, Panupong Jardnok, and Chatupat Boonpattharaksa have been charged with various offences including violation of Thailand’s strict lèse majesté law, which prohibits insulting, criticising, or defaming the monarchy.

According to a Thai PBS World report, Noraseth says he plans to ask for a delay to indictment proceedings for the 18 accused, to give police more time to question defence witnesses. It’s understood a number of university lecturers and MPs from the opposition Kao Klai party are willing to act as bail guarantors for the 18. However, there is no guarantee that the court will agree to bail, particularly in the case of the 3 charged with lèse majesté offences.

Panasaya, Panupong, and Chatupat are all considered repeat offenders, in the same category as another 4 detained activists who have had their bail requests turned down. Parit Chiwarak, Anon Nampa, Somyos Prueksakasemsook, and Patiwat Saraiyaem have had their bail applications rejected by both the Criminal and Appeals Court on the grounds that they are repeat offenders and may pose a flight risk.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Avatar

    Grumpy John

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:28 am

    “Noraseth Nanongtoom from the Centre for Human Rights Lawyers says the activists will appear before prosecutors today ” My brain was reading ‘persecutors today’!

    Maybe I have been using the Free Dictionary to much and it’s distorting reality! https://www.thefreedictionary.com/persecutors

  2. Avatar

    Bill Fischer

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 11:42 am

    From the 3 finger salute to this sign – can Thais actually come up with their own stuff? Be more creative and stop taking the lazy way out.

    • Avatar

      Issan John

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 12:30 pm

      If it was intended for a Thai audience it would be in Thai!

      • Avatar

        Fred glue

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 2:50 pm

        Right again, IJ

      • Avatar

        Bill Fischer

        Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 6:52 pm

        If it said the same thing in Thai it would still be copying someone else. I’ve lived here for 30 years. It could be in Thai and I could read it. I’d still have the same response.

  3. Avatar

    Slugger

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 1:06 pm

    Activists Lives Matter? Who says they dont? Just show respect. The videos of these animals hurling missiles in the direction of the police is unforgiveable. So police lives dont matter?

    • Avatar

      Jesus Monroe

      Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:06 pm

      I say both lives matter but respect has not been honoured of either side lately…….until both sides come together and reach a compromise the missiles will keep flying……as to taking the moral high ground about who is an animal is childish as best. I know my comment will probably shit you Slugs as you’re forever telling everyone to grow up so I’ll save you the trouble and tell myself to grow up……..

  4. Avatar

    sam

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    “Three fingers salute” from Boy Scouts or Hunger Games would never bring democracy to the country.In the midst of Covid-19 virus spread that is still not contained or controlled,such non-stop protests would not be effective and would be risky to get infected.For Thailand,true democracy would never happen,as history had shown that the politicians were all self-serving and changing of governments every few years occurred regularly without fail. Furthermore,constitutions were amended or changed with each newly-formed government.Corruption is deeply rooted and it would take decades to change this culture and mindset.

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Thailand33 mins ago

Thailand News Today | Australian released from death row, Samui restaurant raided | September 20

News2 hours ago

Pathum Thani man allegedly lights building on fire, sticks around to laugh and smile

Thailand2 hours ago

Australian and American on Thai death row released from Thai death row, Supreme Court clears drug trafficking case

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

World3 hours ago

Insect snacks hit Japanese vending machines

Thailand3 hours ago

The Return of ‘THE TIM’ | Thaiger Bites | September 20

Coronavirus (Covid-19)4 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 12,709 new cases; provincial totals

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand4 hours ago

Pattaya laundry shop reports ladies’ underwear thief is on the loose

World5 hours ago

Hanoi to ease Covid restrictions this week

Thailand6 hours ago

Morning Top Stories | No approved October re-opening, Phuket easing restrictions | September 20

Thailand6 hours ago

Government believes more suspects involved in theft from budget meant for the disabled

Thailand7 hours ago

Dual Pricing and Reduced tax on Alcohol | Good Morning Thailand | Episode 92

Thailand7 hours ago

Around 20 people arrested at Koh Samui restaurant for drinking alcohol, gambling, playing pool

Bangkok8 hours ago

Bangkok residents warned of flooding risk as torrential rain forecast this week

Thailand8 hours ago

Government seeks to regulate infectious waste disposal charges

World8 hours ago

Manny Pacquiao to run for president of the Philippines

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14 | Thaiger
Thailand6 days ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending