Thursday, June 25, 2009

Daranee Charncherngsilpakul " Da Torpedo"--Political Prisoner--Languishes in Jail for a Year and Gets Secret Trial

The Nation

A defence lawyer for alleged lese majeste offender Daranee Charncherngsilpakul expressed concern yesterday that his client may suffer a negative outcome because she faces a closed-door trial.

Prawese Praphanukul said it was hard enough fighting a lese majeste case in the open, so having the trial closed to the public and media would make things even more difficult.

"Normally in an open trial [of such a case] the lawyer won't try to wrestle with the judges but if it's done in secret we will need to have legal assistants as witnesses."

Reporters and anyone not directly involved with the trial were barred from observing the proceedings, which began on Tuesday.

Daranee was arrested last July for allegedly defaming the monarchy in three separate speeches. She faces up to 45 years of jail if found guilty.

Reuters has more here.

Thai Political Prisoners here.

New Mandala here.

Prachatai here.

Amnesty International is silent, of course.

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