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By Prachatai |
<p>Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, or &ldquo;Da Torpedo,&rdquo; a former reporter and political activist once convicted for lèse majesté, passed away this morning (7 May) at Siriraj Hospital, where she was admitted for cancer treatment.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul,&nbsp;a prominent activist, is suffering from terminal cancer. To raise funds for her, Friends of Da said donations can now be made on <a href=";term=Da%20Torpedo">GoFundMe</a>.</p>
<p>Due to her financial situation, Daranee didn&rsquo;t get a health check-up on release. A malignant tumour, something she found while in her last years of imprisonment, was not diagnosed. It cannot be denied that this, coupled with poor prison conditions, stress and long-term consumption of painkillers, all contributed to her worsening health. Now, 3 years later, the symptoms of cancer have become apparent.</p>
By Pipob Udomittipong |
<p>Here is the gist of the Constitutional Court&rsquo;s ruling on the constitutionality of Section 177 of the Criminal Procedure Code. Previously, Da Torpedo&rsquo;s attorney challenged in the Lower Court (Criminal Court) that the holding of her trial on l&egrave;se majest&eacute; charges in closed doors is in breach of Section 29 and Section 40(2) of the 2007 Constitution (concerning the rights to fair trial).</p>
<p>Yellow-shirt leader Sondhi Limthongkul will stand trial for l&egrave;se majest&eacute; in Nov 2011.</p> <p>On 16 Aug, the court examined the evidence in the case of Sondhi Limthongkul who has been prosecuted for l&egrave;se majest&eacute; for repeating Da Torpedo&rsquo;s words which sent her to jail for 18 years.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>Sondhi denied all charges in court.</p> <p>The court set 1 Nov 2011as the starting date for the trial.</p>
<p>L&egrave;se majest&eacute; convict Bunyuen Prasertying was recently granted a royal pardon on the occasion of Coronation Day (5 May), and released from jail around the same time as some other convicts, including Suwicha Thakor.</p> <p>Bunyuen did not look much changed from when she was in prison.&nbsp; Though seemingly not in very good health, and walking unsteadily as a result of an old motorcycle accident, her eyes still shone with enthusiasm.</p>
<p>On 22 Jan, Kittichai Charnchoengsilpakul, Da Torpedo&rsquo;s brother, together with some 30 activists, red shirts and monks, presented a petition to the Corrections Department, requesting the agency to provide medical treatment for Daranee.</p>
<p>Readers have sent e-mails to <a href="">Smart Buy magazine</a>, criticizing a column written by a dentist who talks of Da Torpedo&rsquo;s molar abscess as bad karma resulting from speaking ill of the monarchy.</p>
<p>Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul was visited by her brother and a group of activists on the last day of the year allowed by the prison for visiting inmates.</p>
<p>A group of activists who plan to visit Da Torpedo in prison on 30 Dec invite the media and interested persons to join them.&nbsp;</p>
<p>On 2 Dec, the Social Move group of activists visited Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul at Khlong Prem Prison. &nbsp;They found her still active in discussing political issues, despite the fact that inmates are supposed to be kept away from politics through the prison&rsquo;s various means of censorship. &nbsp;She was very happy to have received letters from sympathizers in many countries. &nbsp;</p>
<p>On 27 Oct, Prawase Praphanukul, lawyer for Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, filed an appeal at the Criminal Court, which in late August had sentenced her to 18 years in jail for l&egrave;se majest&eacute;.</p>