New push for Somyot’s release
Somyot’s case comes up for review on the 24th July. We are concerned to help him get the best result possible by bringing attention to his case to the new PM and key party members.
Here is a link to find the email address of your embassy http://www.thaiembassy.com/thaiembassyww/thaiembassyww.php
Please do not underestimate the important of your help – without people sending in the letter Somyot’s case will be forgotten which raises his chances of being the librarian for way too long. Below is the letter we’re asking people to submit – please forward this link or the text of this letter to people you think might be interested in helping.
Thanks very much
Prime Minister Ms Yingluck Shinawatra
c/o Government House Pitsanulok Road,
Dusit District Bangkok 10300
Fax: + 662 282 8631/280 1589/629 8213
Tel. + 662 280 1404/3000
I write to inform you of the case of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and ask you for his immediate release. Somyot was arrested on the 30th April 2011 as editor of the Voice of Taksin magazine and is currently being held at Bangkok Remand Prison, in Bangkok.
Somyot Pruksakasemsuk is a loyal Thai citizen who is strongly committed to Human Rights in his role as an independent journalist and labour activist promoting freedom of speech. We understand that Somyot was arrested on a charge of defaming, insulting and threatening the King, Queen and heir apparent (Section112 of the Penal Code) a charge which he fully denies. He also was not aware that any arrest warrant had previously been issued and strongly denies any claim that he resisted arrest.
We understand that the Criminal Court agreed with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has extended the detention of Somyot without bail, something we believe to be an unacceptable abuse of Somyot’s human rights. His case is due for review on the 24th July 2011 and we urge you to intervene and allow him to be released.
Cc Mr Charupong, general secretary of Pheu Thai party, Dr. Jarupan Kuldiloke, Phua Thai Party MP