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Penguin ‘is still at Corrections Hospital’

THE Corrections Department confirmed today (May 8) that detained hunger-striking protest leader Mr. Prit Chivarak, or Penguin, is still undergoing medical treatment at the Corrections Hospital with this coming after his mother Mrs. Sureerat Chewarak said she could not contact him, Sanook.com said.

Mr. Thawatchai Chaiwat, the department’s deputy chief and its spokesman, said Penguin, who was transferred from Ramathibodi Hospital to the department’s hospital on May 6, was examined today and found to be in general good physical condition.

He is able to talk, help himself, his vital signs are normal and he does not suffer from abdominal pain. Even though he still refuses to eat, having been on a hunger strike in order to get bail since March 16, he is drinking all the products providing the nutrients his body needs in accordance with the dietician’s treatment plan. Moreover he does not show any signs of Covid-19 infection.

Thawatchai added that the Corrections Hospital runs along the same guidelines as prisons and other correctional facilities. All officials and inmates have to refrain from using all types of electronic devices.

If Mrs. Sureerat wants to contact her son she should register to do so via the Line app.

Currently, in order to prevent coronavirus from spreading to prisons, visits are not being allowed with this applying to all inmates with no special privileges for anyone.


Penguin in prison. Photos: Thai Rath


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