THE Criminal Court at Ratchadapisek road accepted the apology of protest leader Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, and gave him a chance to improve himself in the case stemming from a gathering in front of this court on August 8 to call for the release of two other protest leaders, Mr. Anon Nampa, a lawyer, and Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike Rayong, Voice TV reported this afternoon (Oct. 28, 2020).
Charged with violating the regulations of the court in this case filed by the court’s director of the Administrative Office, it was mentioned that Penguin posted pictures of the rally on social media to encourage others to join in, shouted in front of the court and broadcast the rally live on social media.
Upon being brought to the court from Bangkok Remand Prison where he is being detained, Penguin gave the three-finger salute through the window of the Corrections Department vehicle to the media.
Anon Nampha was also brought from the prison to be a witness in this case. Both are back in the same prison to fight other cases.
Penguin’s lawyer Krisada Nutjarat said his client accepted that what he did was wrong and apologized to the court while also asking for mercy because he is still a youth.
Helping him was the court’s Administrative Office director who was not inclined to pursue the case.
Krisada said Penguin is encouraged by this verdict and is worried about his studies as he has exams early next month.
Top: Penguin giving the three-finger salute through the window of the Corrections Department vehicle. Photo: Mass Communications Authority of Thailand