Alleged Red webmaster assaulted in prison-Prachatai

May 2, 2010

[FACT comments: It is a serious violation of the United Nations Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to which Thailand is signatory for an accused person to be held in the convicted prison population. Even in Thailand when accused of lèse majesté, a detainee is innocent until proven guilty in a proper trial.]

Alleged NorporchorUSA webmaster asks to be removed from prison zone for serious criminals

Prachatai: May 1, 2010

The man arrested on allegations of being the webmaster of an anti-monarchy website NorporchorUSA wants to be transferred from a prison zone for convicts of serious crimes.

On 28 April, Thanthawut Thaweewarodomkul, who has been detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison and reportedly assaulted by inmates, said that the situation had improved with closer supervision by wardens. However, as he was only a defendant, he should have been kept in a zone for the people on remand, not in Zone 8 for serious convicts.

He also hoped to be granted bail so that he could look after his 8-year-old child who he cared for as a single parent and who was now being taken care of by his friend.

Thanthawut, 37, allegedly the webmaster of and under the alias ‘Red Eagle’, was arrested on 1 April in Bangkok for offences under the lèse majesté law and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act.


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