20 Dec 2016
Withdrawing an earlier ruling, a district court has sentenced a prominent anti-junta activist to two months in prison with the jail term suspended for one year. On 19 December 2016, Pathumwan District Court of Bangkok read the verdict of the Court of First Instance for Apichat Pongsawat, a 27-year-old prominent anti-junta activist. The court sentenced Apichat to two months in prison and a 6,000 baht fine for violating the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head’s Order No. 3/2015 and Article 215 of the Criminal Code.
12 Oct 2016
Overturning an earlier verdict, the Appeal Court has ordered a lower court to reconsider dismissing charges against a prominent anti-junta activist. On 11 October 2016, the Pathumwan District Court in Bangkok read the Appeal Court’s order over the case of Apichat Pongsawat, a 27-year-old prominent anti-junta activist. Apichat is indicted with violating the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No.
23 Feb 2016
Well-known pro-democracy activists and an academic have concluded that in addition to reforming its military, Thailand needs to reform its judicial institutions as well to get out of the endless cycle of coups d’état. Resistant Citizen, an anti-junta activist group, on Monday, 22 February 2016, organised a well-attended public seminar on Judicial Institutions under Special Circumstances at Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus, Bangkok.
11 Feb 2016
Pathumwan District Court of Bangkok has dismissed charges against an anti-junta activist indicted for protesting against the coup in May 2014. Pathumwan District Court on Thursday morning, 11 February 2016, dismissed charges against Apichat P., an anti-coup activist, who had been charged with violating the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No. 7/2014, which prohibits any political gathering of five or more persons.
11 Sep 2015
Despite the possibility of heavier jail term, an anti-junta activist charged with violating Thai junta’s political gathering ban vows to stand firm on principles and fight on. The Court of Pathumwan District, Bangkok, on Friday morning, 11 September 2015, held the first plaintiff examination hearing on a case of Apichat P., an anti-coup activist, who has been charged with violating the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO)’s Order No. 7/2014, which prohibits any political gathering of more than five persons.
15 Jul 2014
Coup makers, since 1976 coup d’etat, have regularly cited a surge of lese majeste as a prerequisite for overthrowing an elected government. The 2006 coup, when lese majeste was cited as one of the major reasons, marked a surge of the lese majeste cases. The atrocity in April-May 2010, where almost 100 of people were killed during the military crackdown on anti-establishment red-shirt protesters, also contributed to a dramatic rise of lese majeste cases, especially the offences committed online.
3 Jul 2014
A Thai court on Thursday morning sentenced an anti-coup protester to two months in jail and a fine of 6,000 baht, but since the defendant pleaded guilty, the jail term was suspended. Weerayuth Kongkanatan, 49, was arrested on 23 May 2014, a day after the coup, while he was protesting against the coup d’état at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC), near Siam Square. “On the night of 23 May, the defendant and 500 accomplices, who are still at large, held an assembly to oppose the coup.
24 Jun 2014
Apichat P., who has been charged with defying the military junta’s orders and later with lèse majesté, was released from Bangkok Remand Prison on Tuesday after the Criminal Court rejected a police request to renew the custody petition. The 25-year-old law graduate student was arrested at the protest at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) on May 23, only a day after the coup took place.
11 Jun 2014
Two men were charged with lèse majesté after being detained for seven days by the military. The court denied their bail requests. On Tuesday, police charged Chaleaw J. and Kathawut B. under Article 112 of the Criminal Code or the lèse majesté law. They were denied bail and sent to Bangkok Remand Prison. They were among 28 people summoned by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) under order no. 44, issued on June 1.