TRIAL OF CHIRANUCH PREMCHAIPORN RESUMES FEBRUARY 14, 15, 16, 2011. WE NEED YOU!
February 12, 2012
TRIAL OF CHIRANUCH PREMCHAIPORN RESUMES FEBRUARY 14, 15, 16, 2011.
WE NEED YOU!
It has been over a year for Chiranuch Premchaiporn’s trial for alleged violation of Computer Crimes Act continues. From February 2011 until today, three rounds of testimony were scheduled. Next week will be the last three days of trial after a postponement due to Bangkok’s floods. Chiranuch and the campaign team would like to pass our cheerful appreciation for your interest regarding both her trial and the state of freedom of expression in Thailand.
During part two of the trial (September-October, 2011), we witnessed a change of judges. We assume this difference to result from ordinary rotation in the court system.
Due to the heated debate in the country on the lèse majesté law Article 112 of Thailand’s criminal code, we are even more deeply concerned how this law will apply to ongoing cases and their victims. Your attendance at Chiranuch’s trial helps ensure transparency and justice may result.
Attached is a letter written by Chiranuch Premchaiporn on her case. Details information on the timing and the list of the witnesses is presented here as well as on the letter.
Dates: 14-16 February 2012
Court Room: 910
Venue: Criminal Court, Ratchadapisek Road
List of Witnesses and timing:
14 February 2012 (All Day):
– Professor Sawatree Suksri, Law lecturer, Thammasat University
– Professor Jittat Fakcharoenphol, IT expert and lecturer, Kasetsart University
– Doctor Kitibhoom Chutasmith, Prachatai Webboard User
15 February 2012 (Morning session): Mr. Wanchat Bhadungrat, Director of Pantip.com
16 February 2012 (Afternoon Session): Assistant Professor Pirongrong, Researcher on the Mass Media Regulations, Chulalongkorn University
*Morning Session: 0900-1200
Afternoon Session: 1300-1600
Chiranuch also wishes to remind you of the hunger strike “Free My Dad” by the son of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk’s son. He is calling for the rights of release on bail for his father. The strike will begin from 4 pm, Saturday, February 11 until Wednesday, February 15 at the Criminal Court—112 hours of fasting.
It would be much appreciate if you could let us know when you will attend. If you need translation, we can provide you with a volunteer translator.
Thank you so much for your solidarity,
084 899 0509
Chiranuch’s trial is scheduled to resume Tuesday, February 14, 15 (morning session) and 16 (afternoon session). These court days will include further defence witnesses including overseas experts. The trial will continue at Bangkok’s Criminal Court (San Aya) on Ratchadapisek Road near Lat Phrao MTR station, Exit 4. It is likely the courtroom venue will be changed so ask for docket number is 1167/2553 when you arrive in October.
WE URGE ALL READERS TO SPEND AT LEAST ONE MORNING OR AFTERNOON SESSION TO SUPPORT JIEW AND TO STAND UP FOR FREE SPEECH.
WE LOVE JIEW! WE LOVE PRACHATAI!
Dear friends/colleagues and those who always interested on my trial,
Three years, are the time I have to live my life being accused of committing a crime under Section 14 and 15 of the Computer Crime Act. Still, I have to continue a life like this without knowing an end. For all these time, I would like to thank you for your assistance, support and keen interest on the trial observation always.
The police arrested me at Prachatai Office on 6 March 2009 while the prosecutor filed the case to the Criminal Court on 31 March 2010. On the latter date, I was detained in the court basement for four hours before THB 300,000 bail was guaranteed by my sister’s career (she is a nurse in the government hospital) as an exchange for my contemporary release. The court then arranged a meeting on 31 May 2010 to investigate the witnesses, collect the evidence as well as decide on the hearing dates. At first, the hearings were scheduled for eight consecutive days in February 2011 but could only continue for four days with five prosecutor witnesses’ presence. The rest of the witnesses said they were not available on the mentioned dates required the judges, prosecutors, and the lawyers’ team to set up a new hearing schedule from September to October 2011. Due to a large time gap; the composition of the judges in the second period were changed with regards to the annual shift occurred in the bureaucratic system. In September, the hearings of the prosecutors’ witnesses were completed and the hearings of the Defense witnesses had started including that of myself. In October, massive flooding in Bangkok prevented the continual court trial, Mr. Danny O’Brien from Committee to Protect Journalists who was traveling all the way from San Francisco being the only witness allowed. At the hearing, an interpreter provided by the court was unable to give an accurate interpretation. The lawyers’ team; as a result, was decided to submit the testimony written by Mr. O’Brien beforehand and would like to postponed the rest of the hearings to 14-16 February, 2012.
One week left, when the hearing of the Defense witnesses should come to the final round. This time, the court trial will continue from 14-16 February 2012 at Court Room 910, the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Road with five respectful witnesses:
Professor Sawatree Suksri from Department of Criminal Law, Thammasat University: an expert on Computer Crime Law.
Professor Jittat Fakcharoenphol, Ph.D, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering, Kasetsart University: an expert on IT Technology
Doctor Kitibhoom Chutasmith, Director of Bhusing Hospital, Sri Sakhet Province: Prachatai Webboard user
Mr. Wanchat Bhadungrat, Founder of Pantip.com
Assistant Professor Pirongrong Ramasoota Rananan, Associate Dean, Department of Graduate Studies, Faculty of Communication Arts, Chulalongkorn University: a scholar in Mass Media who researched on the Internet Content Regulations
At the moment, the hearings are expected to proceed with the witnesses shown on the below list:
14 February 2012 (All Day): Professor Sawatree, Professor Jittat and Doctor Kitibhoom
15 February 2012 (Morning session): Mr. Wanchat Bhadungrat
16 February 2012 (Afternoon Session): Assistant Professor Pirongrong
For those interested to attend the trial observation, the court usually runs the morning session from 09.00-12.00 and the afternoon session from 13.00-16.00. Interpretation service is also available for international observers Please feel free to contact Ms. Kheetanat Wannaboworn KWANNABOWORN@gmail.com or 084-899-0509 to inform of your requirement.
Besides my court trial, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, Founding Editor of “Voice of Thaksin” will also undergo his trial on 13 February 2012, SongKla Province. Somyot has been charged under Article 112 of the Criminal Code as the Publisher and Advertising Editor of the mentioned magazine for the presence of an article written by “Jit Phollachan” (alias) while the article was claimed to contain defamatory contents to the King and the Royal Family. Each month, Somyot needs to travel to different provinces around Thailand depending on the witnesses’ House Registration (even though all of them are working in Bangkok); so far, Somyot’s trials were held in SaKaew, Petchaboon, and Nakhon Sawan with different judges every time. Somyot used to apply for bail for seven times and all of them had been rejected. For this reason, his son, Mr. Panitan Pruksakasemsuk who is currently a sophomore at Faculty of Law, Thammasat University decided to call for his father’s Rights to Bail on Hunger Strike called “Free my dad”. The strike will begin at 4pm, 11 February 2012 and will continue for 112 hours. I really hope to receive your attendance again at the trial observation and hope to have your support as well on Somyot’s Rights to Bail.
“Day One: Thai webmaster facing 50 years for lèse majesté postings” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/02/04/day-one-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand/
“Day Two: Thailand’s chief censor continues in Prachatai trial” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/day-two-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand/
“Day Three: MICT’s legal advisor testifies: ‘Freedom has its limits’” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/02/09/day-three-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand/
“Day Four: MICT and police lawyers testify” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/day-four-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand/
“Day Five: Police scientist testifies for prosecution” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/02/12/day-five-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand-postponed/
“Day Six: Two police ‘IT experts’ testify as Prachatai trial resumes” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/09/01/day-six-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand/
“Day Seven: Police lèse majesté “experts” in Prachatai trial” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/09/02/day-seven-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand/
“Day Eight: “I can’t remember.” “จำไม่ได้.” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/day-eight-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand/
“Day Nine: Royal connection to Prachatai withhunt” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/09/10/day-nine-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand/
“Day Ten: “Prachatai gives voice to democracy.” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/09/20/day-ten-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand/
“Day Eleven: ““Prachatai exists to promote human rights” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/09/21/day-eleven-free-speech-on-trial-on-thailand/
“Day Twelve: ‘Judge swamped, justice delayed’” https://facthai.wordpress.com/2011/10/11/day-twelve-free-speech-on-trial-in-thailand/