The Court has approved the detention of red-shirt activist and editor of ‘Voice of Thaksin’ magazine Somyos Phrueksakasemsuk over lèse majesté while bail is not allowed due to the severity of the charge and possible escape.

Mr Somyos, member of the United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) and editor of ‘Voice of Thaksin’, was apprehended by police on Saturday at the border checkpoint in Sa Kaeo province. Officials of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) then brought him to the Criminal Court this morning to seek a 12-day detention for his lèse majesté act in combination with his failure to report to authorities after receiving three summonses.

According to a complaint filed with the DSI by the Center for the Resolution of the Emergency Situation (CRES) in September 2010, Mr Somyos violated Section 112 of the Criminal Code after he had repeatedly published statements in his magazine that could be deemed an insult on the monarchy and a threat to national security.

Meanwhile, UDD lawyer Karom Polthaklang presented the Court with the title deeds of a 28-rai land plot in Suphan Buri province, worth 1.6 million THB, as surety for Mr Somyos’s bail. However, after deliberation, the Court refused to grant bail to the suspect, citing the seriousness of the crime and also his possible flight to other countries.

Mr Somyos was taken to Bangkok Remand Prison for detention immediately afterwards.

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