112 Family network invitation
The 112 Family Network would like to send a kindly reminder and invitation to the trial of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk on 23 January 2013 where the verdict on the Lese Majeste allegation will be given. On that day, an 18-page closing remark prepared by the defendant will be stated.
First of all, we would like to pass a sincere gratitude for your always support to Somyot which become almost two years now. The defense of the case has been a struggle mixing up from the violation of human rights and negative interpretation of the law especially the recent Constitutional Court Rule that Article 112 is not against the constitutionality. With all the challenges found, the family has grave concern that the highest possible penalty Somyot may find is a 10-year imprisonment. The last bail request was made on 8 January whereas the court has denied the bail for 12 times already.
National and international campaigns continues to deny Somyot’s charge. Yesterday (17 January 2013), 381 supporters including 110 organizations and 271 individuals submitted an open letter to the PM Yingluck Shinawatra, Minister of Justice and the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to share concern over the limitation of freedom of expression in Thailand as well as to demand a unconditional and immediate release for Somyot. Today, 18 January 2013, Amnesty International Thailand has set the date for the letter-writing campaign after its head office released an urgent action for AI members worldwide to write in support of Somyot’s release and request for his remedy as a prisoner of conscience.
The court arrangement on 19 December 2012 has assigned a new team of judges that composed of the criminal court’s two Deputy Director-Generals. Above all means, on 23 January 2013, your presence and participation on the verdict reading is vital to ensure transparency and fair trial to happen.
Venue: The Criminal Court, Ratchada Rd.
Timing: 9 am
Volunteer Translation will be conducted but would be appreciated if you could invite your own translator. We also advised your arrival at least 15 minutes before the arrangement and prepare for the courtroom change. Please contact Khun Sukanya ( 081-847-5132 ) if you would have questions or request.
Lastly, we would encourage you to send a letter informing your attendance to the court. Although the practice is non-mandatory, it is very useful to prove the case attention from groups of diverse interest. Instructions on how to write a letter is attached herewith.
Thank you so much and hope to see you at the court again.