PROTEST leader Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, was granted an extension of her temporary release till December 27, 2022 in a Criminal Code Section 112 case, known as the lese majeste law, involving wearing a crop top in a shopping mall, Matichon newspaper said today (May 27).
Rung had gone to Bangkok South Criminal Court on Wednesday May 25 to ask for an extension of her bail with the same collateral as had been placed and requested the removal of the electronic bracelet.
The court called her to hear its order today and this afternoon at 2.38 p.m. granted her the extension till December 27, 2022 but she is forbidden from leaving her residence from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. and has to report to the court every two months.
Ms. Benja Apun, who has also been temporarily released in a Criminal Code Section 112 case, or the lese majeste law, over statements she read out in front of the German Embassy on October 26, 2020 and in front of the Sinothai Building on August 10, 2021, jokily commented that Rung had been given “teenagers 9 p.m. (curfew) time.”
The five defendants in this case are Mr. Parit Chivarak, or Penguin, Rung, Benja, Mr. Phawat Hiranphon and Mr. Panupong Chadnok, or Mike.
The prosecutor accused the defendants of violating this law during Dec. 18-20, 2020 with the first and second defendants, Penguin and Rung, posting a message on Facebook inviting the public to go to Siam Paragon wearing crop tops on Dec. 20.
The prosecutor added that on the appointed day the five defendants wore crop tops and went to this store with various messages written on the arms and waist including calls to abolish Section 112, monarchical reform as well as some satirical lines.
Top: Ms. Panusaya Sitthichirawattanakul, or Rung, giving the three-finger salute. Photo: Matichon
Home Page : Rung talking to reporters today. Photo: Thai Rath