Prosecutor requests withdrawal of activist’s bail

The public prosecutor has asked the court to revoke the bail of Tee Payao, a student activist facing lese-majeste charges, the organization Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) said Tuesday.

The activist, real name Wanwalee Thammasattaya, was charged with lese-majeste for a speech that she made during a protest at Wongwian Yai on December 6.

A prosecutor from the Office of the Attorney General deemed that there is enough evidence to prosecute her for royal defamation. The Thonburi Criminal Court decided to send her to pretrial detention on April 27.

She spent 11 days in jail before she was granted bail under the condition that she not publicly insult or arrange any activity against the royal institution.  

The Department of Thonburi Criminal Litigation told the court during a hearing Tuesday that Wanwalee had breached her bail conditions when she made a speech during a series of protests by the Ratsadon group, the main student led pro-democracy group, on June 24.

The department said the rally was against the emergency decree to prevent the spread of Covid and Wanwalee had made a speech about the royal institution and the content could be against the lese-majeste law.

The prosecutor has handed in the evidence of her speech to the court and they said that they will rule on the possible revocation of Wanwalee’s bail on July 12.

Police Major General Piya Tawichai, deputy chief of the Metropolitan Police Bureau, said on Tuesday that the police have asked the public prosecutor to request for bail revocations for five protest leaders from the Ratsadon.

He did not say who the five protest leaders were.

Apart from Wanwalee, the protest leaders that have received bail with the same condition and have made a speech at the rally on June 24 include:

  1. Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak
  2. Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul
  3. Panupong “Mike Rayong” Jadnok
  4. Chaiamorn “Ammy” Kaewwiboonpan
  5. Benja Apan
  6. Phromsorn ‘Fah’ Weerathamjaree

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