Khon Kaen police deny costs pressed against hospitalised activist

The chief of police in Khon Kaen province is denying any charges have been laid towards an activist sent to a psychiatric hospital there in connection with a potential lèse-majesté crime earlier this month. Prachatai’s website stories that 47 year previous activist Tiwagorn Withiton, who posted photos of himself sporting a T-shirt with a message referring to the monarchy, remains to be on the hospital.
“It is a medical issue and he’s being treated accordingly.”
The director of Khon Kaen Rajanagarindra Psychiatric Hospital says docs nonetheless have Tiwagorn beneath statement and are but to come back to a conclusion on his mental situation. He says there is a timeframe to assume about underneath Thai laws on mental well being, and doctors will contemplate whether his mental situation “responds to treatment throughout this time.”
He mentioned that Tiwagorn has responded well and family members can go to him freely, just like different patients.
The director-general of the Public Mental Health Department says a patient’s admission to a psychiatric hospital can be done voluntarily, with the consent of family, or by a courtroom order, and that Tiwagorn’s case was voluntary.
However Tiwagorn’s mom claims officers turned up at his residence on July 9 to arrest him. She says although she was a lengthy way away her son appeared to resist being arrested earlier than being bundled into a hospital car.
In a related story, His Majesty the King has already stated he doesn’t wish to use Thailand’s strict lèse-majesté laws, which make it against the law to insult or criticise the royal family, but PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says folks should still be careful what they are saying in regards to the monarchy.
Some Thais charged with lèse-majesté offences have fled the nation. Political activist Wanchalearm Satsakit, who was allegedly kidnapped in Cambodia in June, fled Thailand in 2014 after he was charged with violating the Computer Crime Act for working a Facebook page important of the monarchy and the army government.
The PM says he has no concept why some have fled. Recognized says the lèse-majesté regulation has not been used for a quantity of years, however there are penalties for distorting details about the monarchy..

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