Thai anti-establishment protester jailed for two months for contempt of court

Benja Apan and Natchanon Pairot

A member of Thailand’s “United Front of Thammasat and Demonstration” anti-establishment group, Natchanon Pairot, was sentenced to two months in prison without suspension today (Thursday), after he was found guilty of contempt of court for verbally abusing the court on April 30th.

The Criminal Court also fined another protest leader, Benja Apan, 500 baht for a similar offence.

Benja is currently being held on remand at the Central Women’s Correctional Institute, pending trial on lèse majesté charges.

The Criminal Court held a hearing today on a case from April 30th, when a group of protesters, including the mother of remanded protest leader, Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, rallied in front of the court to demand bail for Parit.

Two of the protesters present, Benja and 22-year-old Natchanon hurled verbal abuse at the court and scattered leaflets on the floor of the courtroom.



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