Home > Campaign updates > Update on Somyot Pruksakasemsuk : Somyot brought to court, charged under lese majeste law. Next trial on 12/9/2011

Update on Somyot Pruksakasemsuk : Somyot brought to court, charged under lese majeste law. Next trial on 12/9/2011

On Monday 25 July 2011, following the full 84-day incarceration permitted under the law, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk was brought to the criminal court to hear the prosecutor’s charge against him. The charge’s related to an article published in the ‘Voice of Taksin’ in February and March 2010 editions. Somyot was editor of that magazine which was shut down last year.

Based on the prosecutor’s, the article printed under the name of Jitra Polchan’s considered insulting to the monarch. Somyot was charged for publishing and distributing the magazines containing the article in violation of lese majeste law.

The court has set Monday 12th September 2011 for a pre-trial hearings, 13.00, at Bangkok Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Road.

Base on previous sentences of the 112- lese majeste law. If he plea guilty, he would be imprisoned for 6 years; if he plead not guilty, he would be imprisoned for 12 years.

His lawyer is preparing another bail request in this week.

Again, we see this gross violation of human rights to Somyot. Again we withness that the lese majeste law had used against to pro democracy activist and suppress the freedom of speech/expression.

He should have the Right to Bail and for Hearings to be Open to Public.

The close door- black box style of hearing is not fair and just for the accused as their case shall be heard by society and public! The judiciary system again has proven that they are operating again under the darkness, as what they did in Da’s case.

We will continue to campaign till the justice is restored for Somyot! This apply to other political prisoners as well who had been penalized under notorious lese majeste law!

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  1. Marie Barry
    July 26, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Know that we support you here in Ireland Somyot and cannot understand why your new Prime Minister cannot have the vision enough to see; that if the case was held open to the public, it would prove that she would be standing by her election promises of transparency and openness and hopefully you would get justice.

  2. Nicki Story
    July 31, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    The lese-majeste laws are relics of other times and customs; they are being used for political motives now. Thailand is signatory to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights regarding freedom of expression and association. The judicial system must uphold international conventions signed by Thailand.
    Somyot Pruksakasemsuk should be released immediately.

    I will pass this message on. Good luck.

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