Update on Patnaree’s lese majeste case

Initially, a Prachatai report on Patnaree Chankij‘s lese majeste case seems optimistic.

The working class, single mother who happens to be the mother of student activist Sirawith Seritiwat of the New Democracy Movement is accused of a new interpretation of lese majeste deeming silence-cum-one-word a crime.

The news is that the police have decided, despite their earlier claims of “other evidence” against her, not to prosecute the case.

That’s good news. The bad news is that the case still goes to the military prosecutor, who may still lay charges.

In other words, the junta’s hostage taking continues.


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