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Lese Majeste Suspect Found Hanging in his Army Cell



Pol Maj Prakrom Warunprapa, one of the three lese majeste suspects, is taken for detention at the Bangkok Military Court

Pol Maj Prakrom Warunprapa, one of the three lese majeste suspects, is taken for detention at the Bangkok Military Court



BANGKOK – The Corrections Department have opened an investigation into the death of Pol Maj Prakrom Warunprapa, charged with lese majeste earlier this week, after he was found hanged in his cell on Friday night.

The Corrections Department said it received a report at 10pm Friday from the military facility where Pol Maj Prakrom was being held, saying that he had tried to hang himself with a shirt inside his cell.

The warder on duty saw what had happened, rushed into the cell and found the prisoner still alive. He attempted to revive the man using a breathing aid and rushed him to the Corrections Department hospital, where he was pronounced dead after being admitted.

There was only one officer on duty at the time.

Like other legal cases involving lese majeste and the monarchy, the investigation into the three men is shrouded in secrecy.

The Bangkok Remand Prison, which is in charge of the temporary prison inside the 11th Army Circle, had set up a committee to investigate this matter.

Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said he had been briefed on the incident by Corrections Department director-general Withaya Suriyawong.

Earlier this week Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha vowed to crack down on people who violate the lese majeste law, saying they were destroying the country in a bid for “unlimited democracy”.

Gen Prayut added that even though several websites with lese majeste content had been shut down and numerous convicts given royal pardons, people still dishonored the royal institution.

The premier also urged the public to avoid paying attention to the issue, saying he did not want lese majeste cases to become newspaper headlines.

Police have said the current case has some similarities to that of former CIB chief Pongpat Chayaphan, whose criminal network was brought down late last year, with billions of baht in illegally obtained assets seized. Pol Lt Gen Pongpat is serving a lengthy jail term after pleading guilty to violating the lese majeste law and other charges.




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