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LATEST NEWS: Inquest starts into Ampon prison death
Published: 18/12/2012 at 12:00 AM
Newspaper section: News
"The Criminal Court yesterday began an inquest into the death of lese majeste convict Ampon Tangnoppakul.
Ampon died while receiving treatment at Klong Prem Central Prison's hospital seven months ago.
The inquest is in response to a petition from Ampon's wife, Rosmalin Tangnoppakul, who claimed her husband died under suspicious circumstances.
Ampon, 61, was serving a 20 year prison term after being convicted on four counts of lese majeste stemming from text messages he sent on his cell phone in 2010.
He died in the prison hospital after complaining of stomach pains.
A police forensic team which conducted a post-mortem said Ampon had died as a result of lung cancer.
Critics say Ampon's death could have been avoided if he had been released and allowed to receive medical treatment elsewhere.
The Ratchada Criminal Court yesterday questioned a prison hospital nurse and doctor about Ampon's death.
Ratchanee Harnsomsakul, 59, a senior nurse who was working at the hospital on May 8 _ the day Ampon died _ said medical staff had provided the "standard treatment" for Ampon, but admitted the prison hospital was not properly equipped to treat cancer patients.
It was also confirmed no doctors were present when Ampon died about 9.10am.
Dr Kittibun Techaporn-anan, 39, the resident doctor, said he was with the hospital director when Ampon died.
He said a ward nurse had contacted him to say Ampon's heart had stopped and they were trying to revive him.
He could not attend to help because he had been instructed by the hospital director to welcome the director-general of the Corrections Department, who was visiting the prison.
The doctor said he had treated Ampon over the previous three days for a stomach complaint."
"He could not attend to help because he had been instructed by the hospital director to welcome the director-general of the Corrections Department, who was visiting the prison."
____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Imprisoned for insulting royalty: Thais question law after prisoner’s death Abhisit’s Final Insult to Ah Kong สวดศพอากงหน้าศาลอาญา, a ceremony in front of Bangkok's court, Rachadapisek Rd. - Youtube Death of 'Uncle SMS' puts govt in focus THAILAND: Ah Kong died while serving a 20 year sentence in prison for a lèse majesté offence ประเทศ ไทย: อากง SMS เสียชีวิตในเรือนจำ ระหว่างรับโทษจำคุก 20 ปีในคดีหมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ องค์กรสิทธิ เรียกร้องสิทธิในการได้รับการปล่อยตัวชั่วคราวและสิทธิในการรักษาพยาบาล
Thailand's Criminal Code has carried a prohibition against lese-majesty since 1908. In 1932, when Thailand's monarchy ceased to be absolute and a constitution was adopted, it too included language prohibiting lese-majesty. The 2007 Constitution of Thailand, and all seventeen versions since 1932, contain the clause, "The King shall be enthroned in a position of revered worship and shall not be violated. No person shall expose the King to any sort of accusation or action." Thai Criminal Code elaborates in Article 112: "Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years." Missing from the Code, however, is a definition of what actions constitute "defamation" or "insult". From 1990 to 2005, the Thai court system only saw four or five lese-majesty cases a year. From January 2006 to May 2011, however, more than 400 cases came to trial, an estimated 1,500 percent increase. Observers attribute the increase to increased polarization following the 2006 military coup and sensitivity over the elderly king's declining health.
Neither the King nor any member of the Royal Family has ever personally filed any charges under this law. In fact, during his birthday speech in 2005, King Bhumibol Adulyadej encouraged criticism: "Actually, I must also be criticized. I am not afraid if the criticism concerns what I do wrong, because then I know." He later added, "But the King can do wrong," in reference to those he was appealing to not to overlook his human nature. Lèse majesté in Thailand Future of Thai internet in peril: Google Thailand: “Uncle SMS” dies during 20-year jail term for insulting monarchy Thailand, Freedom of the Press 2012 Thailand’s lèse-majesté laws - An inconvenient death - A sad story of bad law, absurd sentences and political expediency" Thailand lese majeste man jailed for 20 years
Following link "AHRC on Ampol Tangnopakul « Political Prisoners in Thailand thaipoliticalprisoners.wordpress.com/.../ahrc-on-ampon...
24 Nov 2011 – The Asian Human Rights Commission issued a statement on the prosecution and conviction of Ampol Tangnopakul today. PPT reproduces it in ..." blocked by the Thai Internet-censor
Following link "A tale of two grandfathers | ZENJOURNALIST http://www.zenjournalist.com/.../a-tale-of-two-grandfathers/
9 May 2012 – Ampon Tangnoppakul, widely known in Thailand by the nickname “Akong”, which means grandpa, was a victim of Thailand's archaic and ..." blocked by the Thai Internet-censor Local EU Statement on the conviction of Mr. Ampon Tangnoppakul A chronology of Uncle SMS’s imprisonment and death Four SMS messages, a disappearance, and the foreclosure of justice Tak Bongkoj’s Big Mouth on Facebook Proves How Ignorant and Stupid She Is
(In May 2012, Tak generated a wave of criticism when she mocked the death of Thai prisoner Ampon Tangnoppakul in her Facebook status updates, describing his death as karma; a 62-year-old grandfather, Ampon had been jailed for sending text messages critical of Queen Sirikit. After the negative fan reaction, Tak deleted the posts and apologized.) This video of Ampon's funeral was filmed by a Thai blogger and published on YouTube For Crown or Country Ah Kong's funeral book Reporters Without Borders
"The status of Thailand’s online freedom of expression began to deteriorate from the moment the new Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra assumed power in July 2011. Abusive recourse to the politically exploited lèse-majesté law has led to an increase in litigations and strict censorship. The sentencing of Ampon Tangnoppakul, known as ”Uncle SMS” set off a chain of heated react
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