Bangkok prison director reveals what prison was like for eight prominent political prisoners, stress and sleeplessness


Bangkok –

Krit Krasthip, director of the Bangkok Special Prison, addressed the first night of detention of eight prominent members of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) who were sentenced to imprisonment by the Criminal Court, on February 24th.

The group was granted bail this afternoon, February 26th.

The prisoners were Suthep Thipsuban (PDRC prominent protest leader), Natthaphon Teepasuwan (Minister of Education), Buddhipongse Punnakanta (Minister of Digital Economy), Thaworn Senniam (Deputy Minister of Transport), Chumpol Junsai (PDRC leader), Issara Somchai (PDRC leader), Samdin Lertbut (PDRC leader), and Suwit Thongprasert (formerly Buddha Isra).

PHOTO: Prachachat

Krit revealed to the press that all of the prisoners were asked to perform a physical examination before changing their clothes and being taken to Territory 2, where they had a health screening to prevent the potential spread of Covid-19. Visits are not allowed at the prison at the moment due to the current Covid-19 outbreak.

According to local media, two ministers, in particular, Natthaphon and Buddhipongse, were likely to be the most anxious and stressed persons as the prison authorities had to spend some time talking and calming them down. However, it was common for everyone who is not familiar when entering the prison, according to the authorities.


Democrat Party MP Rangsima Rodrusamee said that she only had a chance to talk with Buddhipongse and Buddha Isra and found that they were in a physically healthy condition but looked tired due to lack of sleep.

The group spent several days in prison and the Cabinet ministers have been removed from their post. The group is appealing the decision of the Court and you can read more about them being bailed out here.


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Nop Meechukhun
National News Writer at The Pattaya News from September 2020 to October, 2022. Born and raised in Bangkok, Nop enjoys telling stories of her hometown through her words and pictures. Her educational experience in the United States and her passion for journalism have shaped her genuine interests in society, politics, education, culture, and art.