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My computer is not a gun used to kill people, says Arnon as he calls on court to cancel warrants


Human-rights lawyer Arnon Nampa, 36, who was arrested on Wednesday (August 19), had written to the Criminal Court’s director general earlier in the day asking for the cancellation of his arrest and search warrants, as well as orders to seize his computer.

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The lawyer was arrested on Wednesday night and taken to the Criminal Court in Bangkok on Thursday morning along with three other activists, including Baramee Chaiyarat, Suwanna Tanlek and Karakot Saengyenpan.
Arnon posted his hand-written document on Facebook, saying that the court should not issue an arrest warrant for him because the court was his working place, adding that he can visit the court when he is summoned.
As for warrants to search his house and seize his computer, he said these were issued to intimidate him. He said his crime was to deliver a speech in a public place, not to kill people, so police should not seize his computer as if it is a gun used by a murder suspect.
The lawyer said that what the police have done to him was a threatening and a violation of his rights, and that he will continue to support the fight for democracy.

Published : August 20, 2020

By : THE NATION