Quiet arrest under Computer Crime Act

Quiet arrest under Computer Crime Act
Quiet arrest under Computer Crime Act 

Translated by Ponglert Pongwanan
04 September 2007

A reliable source has told Prachatai that at least one person being 
detained in Bangkok Remand Prison for crimes against the new Computer 
Crime Act which came into effect on July 18, 2007. The detainee is a 36 
year-old computer programmer who posted comments on web-boards using a 
well-known alias.

According to the source, the person was detained for 6 days at the 
Police Crime Suppression Division office before being transferred to the 
remand prison on August 30. He has yet to see his family members and 
consult a lawyer.

Fah Deaw Kan publishing house released a statement calling on the 
government and relevant agencies, especially the Information and 
Communications Technology Ministry and the police, to confirm this news 
and to allow observers to visit Bangkok Remand Prison and other prisons. 
And if there was an arrest, the government and its agencies must respect 
the detainee's right to justice, the publisher said.

On September 1-2, the weekend edition of the Financial Times reported 
that Thailand had lifted its ban on the video-sharing website Youtube, 
and quoted a high-level official as saying that in the past couple of 
weeks the authorities have arrested and detained two Thais who posted 
comments insulting to the monarchy on web-boards.

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