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By Prachatai |
<p>Following allegations on social media that activist Sirawith Serithiwat was attacked by debt collectors, Patnaree Charnkij, Sirawith&rsquo;s mother, insisted that her family no longer has any informal debts and that it is unlikely that Sirawith&rsquo;s attack was a result of money being owed.</p>
By Prachatai |
<p>Following the attack on activist Sirawith &ldquo;Ja New&rdquo; Serithiwat on Friday (28 June), Prachatai spoke to an eyewitness who saw the attack.&nbsp;</p>
<p dir="ltr">A military court has questioned an anti-junta activist’s mother accused of lèse majesté in a closed hearing.</p> <p dir="ltr">On 14 December 2016, the Military Court of Bangkok held a deposition hearing for Patnaree Charnkij, the mother of the well-known anti-junta activist Sirawit Serithiwat.</p> <p dir="ltr">Before the hearing began, the court announced it would proceed with the hearing in camera, allowing only Patnaree and her defence lawyer to be in the courtroom without any observers since the case is related to the lèse majesté law.</p>
<div> <div>A prominent activist’s mother has been indicted for sending an alleged lèse-majesté message via Facebook private chat despite an earlier police decision not to file charges.&nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Friday, 22 July 2016, the military prosecutor decided to indict Patnaree Chankij, mother of the well-known anti-junta activist Sirawit Serithiwat, for breaching Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse-majesté law, and the Computer Crimes Act, although the Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police previously decided not to press charges against her.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div>
<p>Thai police have refused to press lèse majesté charges against the mother of an embattled anti-junta activist. &nbsp;</p> <p>Pol Lt Col Sanpetch Noothong, police investigator of the 3<sup>rd</sup> Division of the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD), submitted a petition to the relevant authorities to cancel the request to detain Patnaree Charnkij, the mother of well-known anti-junta activist Sirawit Serithiwat,&nbsp;<a href="">Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported</a>.</p>
<div> <div>The Thai police chief has warned anti-junta activists to take the case of the arrested activist’s mother as an example of what happens to those who oppose the junta.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Saturday, 7 May 2016, Chakthip Chaijinda, Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, warned anti-junta activists that their family members can be prosecuted, just like Patnaree Charnkij, an activist’s mother who has been charged under the lèse majesté law.</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>Chakthip said that the junta repeatedly and clearly explained the country’s roadmap to the public. </div></div>
<div> <div> <div>The Military Court has issued an arrest warrant for Patnaree Charnkij, mother of a pro-democracy activist, for lèse-majesté. Her lawyer said authorities issued an arrest warrant without a summons. &nbsp;</div> <div>&nbsp;</div> <div>On Friday, 6 May 2016, Khaosod <a href="">reported</a> that the Bangkok Military Court issued an arrest warrant for Patnaree Charnkij under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse-majesté law. </div></div></div>