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112 Prisoners hope for Laksi Prison Transfer » Red Shirts

112 Prisoners hope for Laksi Prison Transfer

The UDD has petitioned the government to transfer all political prisoners to Laksi prison in Bangkok. Included in this group are lèse majesté prisoners Thantawut Thaweewarodomkuland and Somyot Prueksakasemsuk, who are currently held in Bangkok Remand Prison.

Thantawut is serving a 13 year sentence and is hoping for a Royal Pardon. He is eager to return to caring for his young son who is waiting for him on the outside.

Having been sentenced to 10 years imprisonment in January, Somyot is currently awaiting a date for his appeal hearing which his lawyers have pushed back to the end of March. He says that he will fight his case to the end:

I would remain a prisoner of the mind if I gave up the struggle and confessed to a crime that I did not commit. Justice must prevail.

Thantawut and Somyot, among other 112 and Red Shirt prisoners, are hopeful that they will soon be transferred to Laksi prison, where conditions are more comfortable and where they can join other political offenders. Meanwhile, the UDD continues to urge the government to grant amnesty to all political prisoners in Thailand.

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  1. Concerned Farang

    “…..where they can join other political offenders:

    One must be careful of terminology, to avoid PAD-Dem – ing conversations. In the case of above quote, it implies ‘offense’ when it is only alleged by those on the other side of the political divide. Same as when one uses the characterization of ‘crackdown’ when discussing the R’song attack by pro-coup forces on those who objected to being governed by a coup-installed, electoral minority. The term ‘crackdown by security forces’ is a favorite of the PAD-Dem’s, implying the appropriate use of state security elements. Where were these vaunted security forces after the 2006 coup, the Govt. house sackers, the airporters?. Where was their ‘crackdown’ then? R’song was not a ‘crackdown’, it was an ‘attack’, pure and simple.

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