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Ratsadon FB admin, facing lese majeste charge, gets bail

Jan 03. 2021
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By THE NATION

An adminstrator of pro-democracy group Ratsadon’s Facebook page, who has been charged with lese majeste, was granted bail on Saturday.

 

On Thursday, Nong Khaem police had raid the house of the admin, whose name and surname have not been disclosed, and confiscated his phone, along with a Ratsadon calendar on his table.

 

The calendar reportedly included pictures of Ratsadon’s icon – a rubber duck – as well as messages mocking issues pertaining to the monarchy. The pictures reportedly became grounds for the charge of violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code.

 

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said that the police had arrested the admin without showing an arrest warrant or informing about rights. They presented only a search warrant issued by the Taling Chan Criminal Court in Bangkok.

 

The admin was initially detained at Nong Khaem Police Station and the commissioner there denied a bail bond offered by the suspect’s lawyer.

 

The admin on Saturday morning was sent to Taling Chan Criminal Court for detention. The court decided to allow detention of the suspect as the charge against him was severe.

 

However, it granted him bail late as an MP of Move Forward Party offered a bail bond.

 

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