Thai Student Activists Tawan and Frank Released on Bail After 105 Days of Detention on Lese Majeste


On May 29th, 2024, the Thai Department of Corrections publicly announced the release of Ms. Thantawan “Tawan” Tuatulanon and Mr. Natthanon “Frank” Chaimahabut on bail.

Previously, on February 7th, 2024, 20-year-old student activist Tawan and 23-year-old student activist Frank were detained for allegedly speeding, cutting lanes, and honking during Princess Sirindhorn’s procession on Phahonyothin Expressway.

The police quickly intercepted and arrested them for Lese Majeste.
After being detained for 105 days, during which they reportedly went on a hunger strike for more than 60 days, they were transferred to Thammasat University Hospital. The Thai Criminal Court finally granted them bail.

On May 27th, the Thai Central Women’s Correctional Institution reported that the Criminal Court granted bail to Tawan, who was fitted with an electronic monitoring device before her release on May 28th. Frank was also released on bail the same day.

However, Tawan was temporarily detained by the Metropolitan Police on May 28th for allegedly supporting illegal spray painting on the Wat Phra Kaew wall, related to Section 112. She was released on bail during the ongoing investigation, according to Thai national media.

Read our related article about Ms. Netiporn, widely known in Thai as Bung Thaluwang, a political activist from Thaluwang, who was pronounced deceased from cardiac arrest after being on a hunger strike for approximately 108 days.
She protested against the justice system and to put an end to the detention of 44 Thai individuals who were charged with political crimes under Section 112 or Lese Majeste.

After Bung’s incident, a group of Thai political activists held a protest at the Government House in Bangkok demanding justice for her death.

Kittisak Phalaharn
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