Thailand has a strict royal defamation law. Recently protesters have been challenging this law and authorities have responded with a crackdown and with charging those arrested. A court in Bangkok, however, granted bail to two of 20 of these democracy activists. This article is published by Benar News. Here is an excerpt:
A Bangkok court granted bail on Friday to two of 20 pro-democracy activists jailed on charges of violating Thailand’s strict royal defamation law, stating there was not “sufficient reason” to reject their bail request, even as the rest remained behind bars.
Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa walked out of the Bangkok Special Prison in the evening after spending 73 days and 46 days in custody, respectively, and posting 200,000 baht (U.S. $6,365) in bail each, lawyers representing them said.
“I’m really happy. It gets lonely in there,” Jatupat told reporters outside the prison, vowing to campaign for jailed colleagues.
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