Thailand: Court drops ‘Penguin’ contempt charge

  • The Criminal Court on 28 Oct 20 dropped the contempt of court charge against Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, leader of the anti-government Free People group after he apologised for his actions.
  • The court on 28 Oct 20 considered the case in which Mr Parit was charged with contempt of court for directing people to gather at the court on 8 Aug 20 and obstruct the legal proceedings in the court case involving protest leaders Arnon Nampa and Panupong Jadnok.
  • Mr Parit, now detained in prison on charges connected to the anti-government protests, flashed a three-finger salute while he was being taken to the court in a Corrections Department vehicle.
  • Mr Parit has accepted that his action was not appropriate and promised not to break the law again, the lawyer said.
  • The court reprimanded Mr Parit and made him promise not to repeat his wrongdoing in the future before dropping the case against him.
  • Also on 28 Oct 20, four other protest co-leaders and their lawyers arrived at Pathumwan police station to acknowledge charges they face for violating the “serious” state of emergency during the 16 Oct 20 demonstration of Pathumwan intersection.
  • The four protest leaders are Korakot Saengyenphan, Suwanna Tarnlek, Chartchai Kaedam and Sirapob Phumpheungphut.
  • Mr Korakot said they denied the charges and blamed the government for imposing the emergency decree without a sound reason.

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