PROMINENT activist lawyer Anon Nampha who last Tuesday (Sep. 26) was entenced to four years in jail without parole and fined 20,000 baht for violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lese majeste law, and the Emergency Decree over demonstrations in 2020 had his request for temporary release on bail rejected by the Appeals Court today (Sep. 30), Matichon newspaper said.
The Lawyers for Human Rights Centre posted a message on X, formerly Twitter, that the court dismissed the bail petition on grounds of gravity of the charges and the circumstances and evidence in the case that indicate the defendant’s actions could damage the democratic system with His Majesty the King as the head of the state.
The Appeals Court added that as the Court of First Instance had sentenced Anon to four years’ imprisonment there are now grounds to believe that the defendant might escape should he be temporarily freed.
As for his request that the plaintiff’s witnesses be cross-examined again before considering his bail request, this court stated that there is enough evidence in this case and further examination is not necessary and for this reason it is dismissing this request.
The lawyers centre had said yesterday that in petitioning for bail they had stated that Anon had never tried to escape nor had he violated bail conditions while being the father of two children.
Top and Front Page: Activist lawyer Anon Nampha. Both photos: Matichon