FACTflash: Call to observe Somyot’s lèse majesté trial
April 30, 2012
You’re invited to support Somyot Pruksakasemsuk’s on these upcoming trial dates as trial observers.
The next trial date will start from Tuesday, May 1, 2012 on which Somyot will be testifying in his own defence. Morning sessions start at 9:30am, afternoon sessions at 1pm.
Here are the dates for court hearings:
Defence witness hearings:
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Wednesday, May 2
Thursday, May 3
Friday, May 4
On March 12 the court denied Somyot’s EIGHTH petition for release on bail. The petition was actiually submitted by the Rights and Liberties Protection Department under Ministry of Justice, the same ministry overseeing all justice matters, including the courts.
Somyot was arrested April 30, 2011 at the immigration checkpoint at Sa Kaew, while he was returning from Cambodia with a red-shirt tour group. He was charged with lèse majesté for two articles published in the Voice of Taksin magazine for which he was the editor.
He has been detained without bail ever since. From November 2011 to February 2012, he was taken to four provinces, including Sa Kaew, Phetchabun, Nakhon Sawan and Songkhla, where prosecution wiynesses were registered when, in fact, all of them lived in Bangkok.
Somyot’s trial begins Wednesday, April 18, at Bangkok’s Criminal Court (San Aya), on Ratchadapisek Road opposite Soi 38, Lat Phrao MTR station Exit 4.
WE URGE ALL READERS TO SPEND AT LEAST ONE MORNING OR AFTERNOON SESSION TO SUPPORT SOMYOT AND TO STAND UP FOR FREE SPEECH.
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