A plaintiff witness in the case involving Jatupat “Pai Dao Din” Boonpatraraksa, a student activist accused of breaching the junta’s ban on political activities by joining an anti-coup activity in Khon Kaen in 2015, testified at the military court in the province on Monday.
The witness – a TV cameraman – gave testimony, and two more plaintiff witnesses are due to testify early next year.
Pai, however, remains in detention despite the penalty term determined in the case having been completed.
Anont Nampha, the student’s lawyer, said Pai’s spirits nevertheless remained high, with his supporters – including his parents – joining him at the courthouse.
Anont said that while the detention period for Pai’s violation of the junta ban had actually been completed, the court had not released him, citing that he was being detained in connection with another case against him – of lese majeste.
Whether any penalty term should be reduced as a result of his continued detention would be for the court to consider when it rules on the lese-majeste case, he said, pointing out that it should be taken into account or the term would exceed the maximum period originally determined.
Pai was charged with lese majeste after sharing a BBC Thai link on the monarchy last December, and is being held in detention after his bail requests were rejected.