Secret lese majeste trial and a 10 year sentence

Prachatai reports that a secret lese majeste trial before a military court resulted in a defendent being sentenced on 21 June 2016, to 10 years jail, halved for the more-or-less required guilty plea.

Taweesin (surname withheld) was charged “for uploading and sharing audio clips from the so-called anti-monarchy ‘Banpodj Network’.” More on the Banpot group, almost all now convicted, is available here.

Taweesin was “indicted by the military prosecutor … for uploading audio clips with [alleged] lèse majesté content recorded by Hassadin U., aka DJ Banpodj, a well-known red-shirt radio host at the centre of the alleged Banpodj Network, and sharing them on Facebook, banpodjthailandclips.simplesite.com, and OKTHAI.com between 2010 to January 2015.”

Unlike the rest of the Banpot “group,” Taweesin (and Kwanjai, surname withheld), chose to fight the case.

After being held in jail for a lengthy time, Taweesin apparently recanted his not guilty plea, and finally agreed to plead guilty. PPT has long pointed to this as a form of torture and coercion.

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