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<p>The wife of Ah Kong, the elderly lèse majesté convict who died of cancer while in custody in 2012, continues to pursue a case against the Department of Corrections of Thailand at the Civil Court over her husband's death.</p>
By Thaweeporn Kummetha and Kongpob Areerat |
<p dir="ltr">This may be the first play attended at every show by Thai military officers. Not that the Thai military is impressed with the play, but because its content touches on the climate of fear, imposed superficial Thainess, and lèse majesté prisoners. The presence of the military officers, who were assigned to record the performance and audience every night, merely reinforces the message in the restaged Bang-La-Merd: the Land I Do Not Own. It sounds surreal but true that Ornanong Thaisriwong, the director and solo actress in the play, stages a performance about the climate of fear while being watched and taped by real military officers.</p> <p></p>
By Thantawut Taweewarodomkul |
<div> <div><em>Translated by Tyrell Haberkorn.</em></div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div><em>Translator’s introduction: On 23 November 2011, Amphon Tangnoppakul, age 61, was <a href=";sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNFzG00N9fVcpkZ7Z2hG8xiG7agMpA">sentenced</a> to twenty years in prison under Article 112 and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act for allegedly sending four SMS messages with anti-monarchy content. </em></div>
<p>On 24 April, the Criminal Court held another hearing in the <a href="">inquest</a> into the death of <a href="">Amphon Tangnoppakul</a>, a lèse majesté convict who died in prison in May last year.</p> <p></p>
<p>The inquest into the death of 'Uncle SMS' Amphon Tangnoppakul began on 17 December at the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd, seven months after his death at the Correctional Hospital, starting with two witnesses, a head nurse and the duty doctor.</p>
By Andrew Spooner, Asia Provocateur |
<p><a href="">A celebration of the life of Thai political prisoner Amphon Pt. 1</a><br /><br />Political prisoner <a href="">Amphon Tangnoppakul</a> (aka Ah Kong), died in a Bangkok prison hospital May 8th 2012. He had been sentenced to a 20year prison term after a Bangkok court decided he couldn’t “prove his innocence” in a case relating to four SMS messages sent to an aide of the then Prime Minister, <a href="">Abhisit Vejjijva</a>, that were deemed to defame the monarchy.</p>
<p>&lsquo;In the case of Ah Kong, all sides in Thai society have shown a lack of moral courage to do what is right.&nbsp; They have been concerned with their own status, positions and politics, and have done nothing. Ultimately, an ordinary old man has fallen victim, having to die away from his family&rsquo;, said Somsak Jeamteerasakul, speaking to the crowd who attended the funeral of Amphon Tangnoppakul at Lad Prao Temple in Bangkok on 25 Aug.</p>
<p class="rteleft">Poonsuk Poonsukcharoen, lawyer for Amphon Tangnoppakul, has published a letter from an expert on telecommunication technology in Germany on <a href="">her Facebook page</a>.&nbsp; The letter was intended to be used in the Appeals Court before the appeal was withdrawn.</p>
<p>Originally published on the Facebook page of Poonsuk Poonsukcharoen, lawyer for Amphon (Ah Kong); Republished on Prachatai: <a href="">สถิตย์ ไพเราะ ความเห็นต่อคดีอากง (ถอดความคำบรรยายเนติบัณฑิตยสภา)<br /> </a></p>
By Asian Legal Resource Centre |
<p>On 8 May 2012, Mr. Amphon Tangnoppakul (also known to his family as &quot;Ah Kong&quot; or &quot;grandfather,&quot; and to the public as &quot;Uncle SMS&quot;), a 61-year-old man, was found dead in prison custody. At the time of his death, Amphon was serving a 20-year sentence received upon being convicted of four violations under Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act in Black Case No. 311/2554 on 23 November 2011. Amphon was convicted for allegedly sending four SMS messages to Mr.</p>
By Tyrell Haberkorn |
<p>On 8 June 2012, one month after Ah Kong (Amphon Tangnoppakul) was found dead in prison custody, <a href="">Tanthawut Taweewarodomkul</a>, or &ldquo;Num,&rdquo; wrote an account of his life and death. Tanthawut, who, like Ah Kong, was serving a sentence following a conviction of alleged violations of the 2007 Computer Crimes Act and Article 112 of the Criminal Code, was imprisoned in the same zone of the Bangkok Remand Prison. Num took care of Ah Kong during the nearly two year period Ah Kong spent behind bars, until his death.</p>
By Andrew Spooner, Asian Correspondent |
<p>Last week I blogged about questions raised in the UK Parliament by the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kerry McCarthy MP (Bristol East, Labour Party) regarding Thailand&rsquo;s use of its infamous lese majeste laws and the treatment/death of <a href="">Ampon Tangnoppakul aka Ah Kong</a> (a Thai political prisoner who died on May 8, 2012). My original posting, with Kerry McCarthy MP&rsquo;s questions, can be found <a href="">here</a>.</p>