Thai protest leaders denied bail over controversial lese majeste charges


Three leaders of the Thai youth-led anti-government protests were denied bail today (March 8) over controversial lese majeste charges.

Jatupat ‘Pai’ Boonpattararaksa, and Panupong ‘Mike’ Jadnok were transferred to the Bangkok Remand Prison while Panusaya ‘Rung’ Sithijirawattanakul was sent to the Central Women Correctional Institution.

The three were accused of violating Section 112, the lese majeste law, and Section 116, the sedition law, after participating in a protest allegedly criticising the monarchy on September 19, 2019.

Bangkok’s Thammasat University released a statement expressing its concern over the legal process and asking the authorities to grant bail.

Last month, another set of protest leaders including Arnon Nampa, Parit ‘Penguin’ Chiwarak, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk and Patiwat ‘Mor Lam Bank’ Saraiyaem were remanded in custody on February 9 on similar charges.

They will be detained under royal insult charges for their protest on September 19 until a trial date is fixed.

A court statement read: ‘The actions cause damage to the monarchy, which is widely revered and worshiped. They had no fear of the law and hurt the feelings of loyal subjects in Thailand.’