TWO YOUTH activists facing charges under Criminal Code Section 112, known as the lese majeste law, were granted bail this afternoon (August 4) after being detained for 94 days during which they went on a hunger strike for over two months, Matichon newspaper said.
The Southern Bangkok Criminal Court had scheduled a hearing for the two suspects, Ms. Natanit Duangmusit, or Bai Por, and Ms. Netiporn Sanehsangkhom, or Nong Bong, yesterday for two cases they face with one being solely under Section 112 over holding a poll on April 18 and the other under both Section 112 and the Computer Crimes Act Section 14 (3) for sharing a post from Thalu Wqng (through the Palace) webpage on March 30.
However the prison authorities said the two of them were too weak to go to court and to hold the hearing via video conference instead. The court then postponed the hearing to September 5 on health grounds.
Despite this development attorneys from the Centre for Human Rights Lawyers this morning applied for bail for the two suspects for the eight time at this court.
At 3.20 p.m. the lawyers tweeted that the court had granted bail to the two suspects at 200,000 baht each.
Their temporary release was under the following conditions:
1) Do not act in the same manner as being sued again;
2) Do not obstruct court hearings;
3) Banned from leaving their residence from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m everyday;
4) Must not leave the country;
5) Must report to the court every 30 days.
However the lawyers later said that Netiporn still has a detention warrant in a case involving spraying at the Public Health Ministry at Nonthaburi Provincial Court while Natanit faced a second lese majeste case for sharing another post from Thalu Wang webpage.
At 4.33 p.m. the lawyers tweeted that the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court had also granted Natanit 200,00 baht bail for the second Section 112 case with there now being no cases remaining against her.
The two lese majeste suspects Ms. Natanit Duangmusit and Ms. Netiporn Sanehsangkhom,. Photo: Matichon