THAILAND: Calling to observe for court trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director of Prachatai website, on 4 – 17 February 2011, 9.00am – 4.00pm at the Criminal Court 

Dear friends,

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward to you the following press release from the group of activists who set up the trial observation on Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director of Prachai website.

Asian Human Rights Commission
Hong Kong

A Press Release from the group of activists who set up the trial observation on Chiranuch Premchaiporn, director of Prachai website forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

Press Release

Invitation to the witness hearings of Ms. Chiranuch
Premchaiporn, the Director of Prachatai
4 – 17 February 2010 at the Criminal Court, Ratchadapisek Road

The criminal court will conduct the witness hearings on the case of Ms. Chiranuch Premchaiporn from 4 to 17 February 2010. Ms. Chiranuch will appear as the defendant, while the Office of the Special Attorney on Criminal Case 8 which is under Office of the Attorney-General will appear as the prosecutor. This case deals with the penalty related to the intermediary under the Section 15 of the Computer Crime Act which is related to supporting or consenting to an offence related to national security within a computer system under the intermediary’s control.

The Criminal Court is scheduled to hear the witnesses of the case in the following dates:
Plaintiff’s witnesses               February 4, 8, 9, 10                     9.00- 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00
Defendant’s witnesses         February 11, 15, 16, 17              9.00- 12.30 and 13.30 – 16.00
Place: Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek road

Simultaneous translation is available in the court room for foreign journalists and trial observers upon request (Please contact Thaweeporn at the phone number below).

The police charged Chiranuch for an offence according to Article 15 of the Computer-Related Crime Act: intentionally support or consent to an offence under Article 14, allegedly committed by an Internet user. The offence in this case is the posting on Prachatai webboard a piece of text that the authority deemed related to the national security.

The Crime Suppression Division later submitted the charges against Chiranuch to the Office of Attorney-General. And the prosecutors finally laid out a case on 31 March 2010.

For more information, please contact:
English: Pokpong Lawansiri – 082-344-8724, Thaweeporn Kummetha – 089-829-1167
Thai: Orapin Yinyodpattana – 086-897-7828

Read more Analysis on Chiranuch Latest Charges and Arrest

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Document Type : Forwarded Press Release
Document ID : AHRC-FPR-006-2011
Countries : Thailand,
Campaigns : Chiranuch Premchaiporn (Prachatai)
Issues : Freedom of expression,