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Student activist ‘Pai Dao Din’ again refused bail

Jan 13. 2017
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By WASAMON AUDJARINT
THE NATION

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STUDENT ACTIVIST Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpattararaksa, who was charged last month with violating the lese majeste law and Computer Crime Act for sharing the BBC Thai article about the monarchy, was again refused bail yesterday, his lawyer Krisadang Nucharat said.

Jatupat’s legal team is planning to appeal the bail request on Monday, Krisadang said.

“We proposed that Jatupat would have to sit for an examination at his university,” Krisadang said. “It would also be okay for us if the court would like to increase the bail amount.”

The lawyers yesterday offered another Bt500,000 for Jatupat’s bail, in another attempt to get him out of a month-long detention, so that he can do his final exam.

Wiboon Boonpattararaksa, Jatupat’s father, said the latest bail request came with new conditions and Jatupat was prepared to accept any additional conditions that may be imposed that would permit him to be released from jail to sit for his final exam.

Jatupat was charged on December 3 with violating the two laws after he shared a BBC Thai report about the monarchy on his Facebook page. The article was shared by more than 2,000 people. He was released on Bt400,000 bail the following day. 

However, an investigator from Khon Kaen police filed a petition with the court, saying that Jatupat continued to incite the public on social media and could tamper with evidence if he were to be free. Further posts on his Facebook page after the release were seen to have ridiculed authorities.

The court ruled that he had broken the bail agreement, which banned him from getting involved in drugs, tampering with evidence or causing damage after being released. The Appeal Court upheld the first court’s ruling, and the Supreme Court ruled last week that rulings by both courts were lawful. He is now on his fourth 12-day round of detention.

Early this week, a group of student activists also submitted a petition signed by more than 3,500 people to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), asking it to look into the rejection of bail requests. 

 

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