At least 9 activists, protesters remain in jail

Despite the recent release of Jatupat Boonpattararaksa and Panupong Jadnok, two leading figures in the pro-democracy movement, at least nine other activists are still in jail pending trial, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reports.

Protesters march away from the Victory Monument. (File photo)

As of 15 February, two of the nine detainees had been charged with lese majeste while the rest have been charged with other offenses. The details are as follows:

  1. Parit Chiwarak, a leading figure in the student activist group United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration (UFTD). He was detained pending trial on 9 August 2021. Charged with 10 counts of royal defamation stemming from his activism, he had been held for 190 days.
  2. Anon Nampa, a human rights lawyer who triggered a wave of monarchy reform discussion with a public speech he gave at a protest on 3 August 2020. He has been charged with 11 counts of royal defamation and has been detained pending trial for a total of 183 days.
  3. Thawee ‘Athit’ Thiangwiset, 35, an activist from Thalufah group. He has been temporarily detained for 153 days after being charged with assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest.  The charges arose from his involvement in protests on 3 August and 3 September 2021.
  4. Paitoon (surname withheld), 20, a protester from the ‘Kor Ma Di Gas’ (Come get me, tear gas) group. He has been detained pending trial since 2 October 2021 after being accused of attempted murder for throwing an explosive object at crowd control police at Din Daeng Junction on 11 September 2021.
  5. Suksan (surname withheld), 19, a member of Kor Ma Di Gas. He was detained on the same day as Paitoon and faces the same charge.  Like Paitoon he has already been in prison for 136 days.
  6. Jittakorn (surname withheld), 22, was charged with possessing explosive devices on 6 October 2021 and arrested the next day. He has been detained pending trial for 131 days.
  7. Pornpot Chaengkrajang, 49, was charged with shooting fireworks at Din Daeng Intersection on 18 October 2021 and arrested the next day. He has been detained pending trial for 119 days in total.
  8. Teerapat (surname withheld), 21, was accused of throwing explosive devices at a police car on 31 October 2021 and has been detained pending investigation since 24 November 2021. 
  9. Pataweekan (surname withheld), 25, was detained on the same day with the same charge as Teerapat. The two have been in prison for 83 days in total.

From August 2021 - 15 February 2022, at least 19 activists have been released on bail with conditions ranging from travel restrictions, wearing tracking devices to prohibitions on their participation in public activities deemed damaging to the monarchy.

Source: 
prachatai.com/journal/2022/02/97249

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