Two lese majeste suspects released on bail

national July 09, 2016 01:00


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TWO people accused of lese majeste based on their Facebook chats - who also allegedly committed sedition and violated the Computer Crimes Act after mocking Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Facebook - were released on bail yesterday.

Another offender saw his 12-day detention period renewed for the sixth time in a separate lese majeste case.
Harit Mahathon and Natthika Worathanyawit are two of eight |people charged in late April with |sedition and violation of the Computer Crimes Act after investigators alleged the Facebook page that they administered had mocked the prime minister, General Prayut Chan-o-cha. 
The duo was charged with lese majeste after being accused of offending the monarchy via Facebook chats.
Police asked the Military Court for a sixth period of 12-days of pre-trial detention for them yesterday.
Their lawyer asked the court to release them on Bt500,000 bail each. The court agreed, but they have to report back to it on July 21.
However, it did not grant bail to Burin Intin, a lese majeste suspect held in a separate case.
According to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, Burin was accused of posting Facebook messages deemed offensive to the monarchy.
The case involves the mother of student activist Siriwith Seritiwat, or Ja New, with the former accused of conspiring with Burin because she did not try to stop his alleged offences.
She was earlier released on bail after also being charged with lese majeste.

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