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University professors pool bail money for three Ratsadon leaders


Krisadang Nutjaras, an attorney from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights Centre, on Friday visited the Criminal Court along with professors from the faculties of political science, sociology and anthropology at Thammasat University and Mahidol University to post bail for three pro-democracy protesters of the Ratsadon group.

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Panasaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattararaksa and Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak have been charged with violating Article 112 or the lese majeste law of the Criminal Code, for sedition under Article 116 as well as the unlawful assembly of 10 or more persons under Article 215 for their role in a political rally on September 19-20, 2020, at Thammasat University and Bangkok’s Sanam Luang area.

They were denied bail by the Criminal Court on Monday and have been detained at Bangkok Remand Prison and Central Women Correctional Institution.

Penguin and Rung are currently undergraduate students at Thammasat, while Pai is a graduate student at Mahidol.

“The professors have agreed to pool money to post bail for the three at Bt500,000 per person, so that they could be released and continue their study, as now is the exam period,” said Krisadang. “We urge the court to reconsider releasing them on bail. Keeping them in prison will cut off their opportunity for proper education and destroy their future.”

Published : March 12, 2021

By : THE NATION