Lese majeste and murder II

Yesterday we noted that while murderers received bail, lese majeste suspects were regularly refused bail.

Our post was prompted by the case of student activist Jatuphat Boonpattaraksa who was due back in court today to hear a  police request to revoke his bail on charges of lese majeste. He’s accused of sharing a BBC Thai news article on the creepy and nasty King Vajiralongkorn.

As expected, his bail was revoked. Prachatai reports that a secret hearing of the provincial court revoked bail, “ruling that the suspect insulted the authorities in a Facebook post.” It was “stated that after being released, Jatuphat post an allegedly satirical message against the authorities on his Facebook account.”

He is now held at the Khon Kaen Central Prison and his lawyer will soon submit another bail request.


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