Several pro-democracy protesters, including protest leader Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, were charged with royal defamation and violation of the Public Assembly Act following the courts’ hearings on Monday, September 12th.
In the first case, protester Jatuporn Sae-Ung was charged with royal defamation for wearing a Thai traditional dress during the “fashion show” protest on Silom Road in Bangkok on October 29th, 2020, stating the reason that her dressing was intentionally mocking Her Majesty the Queen.
She was sentenced to 3 years of imprisonment for royal defamation and fined 1,500 baht for violation of the Public Assembly Act. But the Court reduced the punishments to 2 years imprisonment and a fine of 1000 baht due to what they called her useful testimony.
She was taken to the Central Women’s Correctional Institution while her bail request with 300,000-baht security was being considered by the Appeal Court.
In the meantime, Penguin and the other four demonstrators were sentenced to two-month imprisonment and fined 11,300 baht by the Don Mueang District Court for violation of the Public Assembly Act, the Advertisement by Using Sound Amplifiers Control Act, and the Road Traffic Act.
The verdict was made in the case of a pro-democracy gathering in front of the Bang Khen Police Station on August 7th, 2020, to demand the release of Panupong Jadnok and Anon Nampha.
The Court ordered a one-year suspended sentence as all of the defendants have previously been imprisoned.
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