Somyot's son on hunger strike

Somyot's son on hunger strike

A son of red-shirt lese majeste suspect Somyot Prueksakasethe started a 112-hour hunger strike Saturday afternoon in front of the Criminal Court in an attempt to seek bail for his father.

Panitan Prueksakasemsuk, the only son of Somyot and a second year student at the Faculty of Law, Thammasat University, launched the strike at 4pm to demand his father’s right to be released on bail after his bail requests have been rejected six times.

About 30 students from Thammasat turned up to show their support for Mr Panitan.  

Mr Somyos, 51, a labour activist and executive editor of the now-defunct Voice Of Thaksin magazine, was alleged by authorities to have published anti-monarchy articles. He was arrested at an immigration checkpoint in Sa Kaeo province on April 30 last year while trying to cross into Cambodia.

Mr Panitan’s hunger protest will end on Thursday at 8am.

After the protest, he will file a petition with the Justice Ministry, seeking temporary release on bail for his father. 

Mr Panitan said his father should be freed so he can prepare his defence.

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