Thailand: anti-coup activists sentenced to jail time by military court
October 28, 2014, 12:47 am
The military court in Bangkok on Monday the 27th October sentenced a red-shirt political activist to one year in jail term for not reporting himself to the coup-maker and sentenced another anti-coup activist to six months imprisonment for protesting against the coup.
Yodyiam Srimatta was sentenced to one year imprisonment with a 20,000 baht fine for failing to report himself to the junta, while Chainarin Kularb-am, a anti-coup political activist who protested against the coup d’état in June, was sentenced to 6 month of imprisonment and fined for 10,000 baht.
Since both defendants pleaded guilty, the court ruled to reduce the jail term by half and suspended the jail terms for 2 years.
Yodyiam is a red-shirt activists based in the North East of Thailand. He was active in campaigning for an amendment of the 2007 constitution that was written by the 2006 coup-maker and providing education on democracy and politics to red-shirt supporters prior to the coup.
Chainarin is a democracy activist who protested against the 2006 and the latest coup in May. He was arrested at a shopping mall in central Bangkok and detained by the Crime Suppression Division for holding five A4 sheets that read “Coup makers fear A4 paper, A4 paper is coming to you now,” and reading a poem criticizing the coup-maker with four others on June 1.
Source: Prachatai English – http://prachatai.org/english/node/4443