THE lawyer representing protest leaders being held under pretrial detention said the condition of the Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, who has been on a hunger strike since March 13, is worrisome and he is now being give saline drip in his cell, Siam Rath newspaper said this afternoon (March 29).
Mr. Krisada Nuttajarat, a lawyer at the Lawyers for Human Rights Centre, said while Penguin agreed to receiving saline drip in his cell he refused to go to the correctional department hospital as he feared for his safety.
Nonetheless Penguin insists on continuing his fast to protest against not being granted bail.
At the Criminal Court today the judge postponed hearing the case against Penguin and 22 other defendants as well as Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, and 18 defendants to April 8 after their lawyer said he only received the prosecutor’s evidence on March 25.
They are facing charges of violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lese majeste law, as well as violating Section 116 for the protest held on September 19-20, 2020.
Top: Penguin giving the three-finger salute through the window of the Corrections Department vehicle. Photo: Mass Communications Authority of Thailand
Home Page: Penguin giving the three-finger salute upon being taken to court on March 20, 2021. Photo: Siam Rath