Update: On May 3, 2017, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) junta said in a media interview that Prawet Prapanukul was arrested on April 29 for committing lese majeste (insulting the monarchy), sedition, and computer crimes. Five other people – Danai Tipsuya, Paneet Jitnukulsiri, Saran Samantarat, Wannachai Kaewsanenai, and Chatchawan Nimnuan – were arrested in Bangkok and other provinces on the same day as Prawet also for allegedly posting and sharing commentary on Facebook that authorities considered to be offensive to the monarchy. Prawet and these five people were detained incommunicado and interrogated at the 11th Army Circle Camp in Bangkok for five days, without access to family and legal counsel, before being transferred to the Police’s Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) on May 3. The Bangkok Criminal Court has since put them in pre-trial detention at the Bangkok Remand Prison.
(New York) – The Thai government should immediately disclose the whereabouts of Prawet Prapanukul, a prominent human rights lawyer and critic of the monarchy, who has been missing since security forces raided his Bangkok home on April 29, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities have not acknowledged his arrest and detention, raising grave concerns that he is the victim of an enforced disappearance.