Two former monks have shown signs of illness during their detention at the Bangkok Remand Prison.
Doctors from the Corrections Department’s hospital have diagnosed Suwit Thongprasert, widely known as Phra Buddha Isara, with a herniated disc.
Suwit was defrocked last Thursday and sent to jail over two charges, one over alleged unauthorised use of royal initials in amulet making and the other over his alleged actions as a co-leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee protests in 2014.
Bangkok Remand Prison chief Krit Krasaetip said Suwit said he did not intend to be treated outside the prison.
“He says he can still bear the pain. He is afraid if he seeks treatments outside, he will be targeted for criticism,” Krit said.
The other ill former monk is Somsong, previously known as Phra Attakij Sophon and the secretary to Bangkok’s monastic chief.
Doctors have found he has arrhythmia, an irregular heartbeat. Somsong was also defrocked and sent to the prison last Thursday for allegedly embezzling state funds for temples.