SOUNDING an alert about detained hunger-striking protest leader Mr. Prit Chivarak, or Penguin, is another protest leader, Ms Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, or Rung, who was released on bail last evening after his mother failed to reach him, Thai Rath newspaper said today (May 7).
Rung has been continuously active on social media since her release and among her posts is one about finding Penguin with many people now searching for him.
She said currently no one can confirm where Penguin has been taken to. His mother, Mrs.Sureerat Chivarak, called the Corrections Department to find out where Penguin is now undergoing medical treatment but was continuously blocked with information withheld.
“Why is it very difficult for his mother to find out where he is and hear his voice? And why doesn’t the Corrections Department publicly say where he is? Right now our friend is missing. If anything happens to Penguin will all of you be able to bear the responsibility?” she wrote.
She urged everyone to raise their voice and pressure the Corrections Department and the Justice Ministry to issue statements and let Penguin’s mother speak to him.
Meanwhile Lawyers for Human Rights Centre said this morning their lawyer petitioned the court that both Penguin and Mr Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan, a popular singer who goes by the professional name of Ammy the Bottom Blues, be brought to court for a hearing over charges of violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lese majeste law. However this was postponed to May 11 at 10 a.m. because they had not yet passed the 14-day Covid quarantine period.
Mr. Tawatchai Chaiwat, the Corrections Department deputy chief, had clarified that Penguin, who has been on hunger strike since March 16 in order to be bailed out, is in better condition and doctors at Ramathibodi Hospital transferred him to the Corrections Hospital at 10 a.m. yesterday.
The department did not issued any further clarification today and if any was forthcoming, the centre would let the public know
Penguin, above, and Rung, Home Page. Photos: Thai Rath