Anti-Coup Detainee-Turned-Lèse Majesté Suspect Released

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK — Apichat P., who has been charged with defying the military junta’s orders and later with lèse majesté, was released from Bangkok Remand Prison on Tuesday after the Criminal Court rejected a police request to renew the custody petition. 

The 25-year-old law graduate student was arrested at the protest at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) on May 23, only a day after the coup took place. He was detained by the military for seven days before the police charged him with violating the junta’s order and Article 112 in the Criminal Code or the lèse majesté law. In total, he was detained for a month. 

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