FACTflash: Somyot trial postponed for coup anniversary

May 5, 2012

Somyot’s lèse majesté trial postponed to September 19!


Although Friday, May 4 was intended to be the final day of defence testimony in the lèse majesté trial of Voice of Taksin / Red Power editor and labour activist, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, the Thai Criminal Court has postponed continuance until September 19.

Extra credit: In modern Thai history, what happened on September 19? (The 2006 military coup d’etat, of course!)

(We often wonder how politicians and judges can be so clueless!)

The Redshirts were established because of the coup so to read Somyot’s verdict on its anniversary is pretty warped.

On March 12 the court denied Somyot’s EIGHTH petition for release on bail, NINE to date. The petition was actually submitted by the Rights and Liberties Protection Department under Ministry of Justice, the same Thai ministry overseeing all justice matters, including the courts.

Once again, Somyot is returned to gaol without bail for another five months.

For more information, please visit the following sites or contact wod.democracy@gmail.com

The Librarian of Bangkok Prison

IFJ- International Federation of Journalists- Calls for Immediate Release of Senior Journalist in Thailand




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