EU Delegation expresses concern

national November 29, 2011 00:00

By The Nation

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The European Union Delegation on Nov 28 issued a statement, urging for Thailand's non-discriminatory prosecution on ampon Tangnoppakul who was recently convicted for a 20-year jail term for violating the Computer Crimes Act and lese majeste law.

 In agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Thailand, the EU Delegation to Thailand said that it is deeply concerned about the court decision to convict and imprison Ampon Tangnoppakul for twenty years for violating Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code and the 2007 Computer Crime Act.

 "The EU would like to reiterate the importance it attaches to the rule of law, democracy and the respect for human rights. The EU urges the Thai authorities to ensure that the rule of law is applied in a non-discriminatory and proportional manner consistent with upholding basic human rights, including freedom of expression," the delegation said in the statement.

 The conviction came on Nov 23. A day later, the Asian Human Rights Commission expressed grave concern over the sentence for a crime of freedom of expression.

 During the anti-government street protests last year, Ampon, 61, allegedly sent four SMS messages to Somkiat Klongwattanasak, personal secretary of the former prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. iLaw, a Thai legal NGO, which contained vulgar language and to defame the monarchy.

 He was jailed for five years for each message.

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