Patnaree charged

In our post on the detention of Noppawan “Ploy” Bunluesilp, the wife of critic Andrew MacGregor Marshall, we mentioned that this looked like another hostage taking by the junta.

The other hostage is Patnaree Chankij, mother of of student activist Sirawith Seritiwat of the New Democracy Movement who was accused of a new interpretation of lese majeste deeming silence-cum-one-word a crime.

Police had decided not to prosecute the case. However, it was noted that military prosecutors were looking at the case. Khaosod now reports that the military have “indicted [the] 39-year-old woman on a charge of royal defamation charge, despite a recent recommendation by police the case be dropped.” The decision means Patnaree  will be tried by a military court.

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