From Prachatai, more evidence of human rights in the sewer:
Police visit Prachatai office with search and arrest warrants for website moderator
Prachatai, 06 March 2009
On March 6, at 3 pm, seven police officers visited Prachatai office in Bangkok, showing a search warrant and an arrest warrant for Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Prachatai Director. She is charged with the offense according to Article 15 of the Computer Crime Act. She has refused to answer any questions, and is waiting for her lawyer.
2007 Computer Crime Act
Article 14. If any person commits any offence of the following acts shall be subject to imprisonment for not more than five years or a fine of not more than one hundred thousand baht or both:
(1) that involves import to a computer system of forged computer data, either in whole or in part, or false computer data, in a manner that is likely to cause damage to that third party or the public;
(2) that involves import to a computer system of false computer data in a manner that is likely to damage the country’s security or cause a public panic;
(3) that involves import to a computer system of any computer data related with an offence against the Kingdom’s security under the Criminal Code;
(4) that involves import to a computer system of any computer data of a pornographic nature that is publicly accessible;
(5) that involves the dissemination or forwarding of computer data already known to be computer data under (1) (2) (3) or (4);
Article 15. Any service provider intentionally supporting or consenting to an offence under Section 14 within a computer system under their control shall be subject to the same penalty as that imposed upon a person committing an offence under Section 14.
And an update:
Prachatai editor: arrest because of comments posted in web-board; bail for Chiranuch being processed
Prachatai, 06 March 2009
Chuwat Rerksirisuk, Prachatai editor, says he has yet to see details of the charge against Prachatai Director Chiranuch Premchaiporn, but only knows that comments posted by readers and left displayed on the web-board led to the arrest.
The police have confiscated Chiranuch’s computer for investigation, and are now copying data in her hard disk. Assoc Prof Chantana Banpasirichote, political science lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, is going to the Crime Suppression Division to bail Chiranuch out using her public service position, as the police say the bail would be possible.
The Prachatai editor says he still does not know which comments caused the problem, but will do when the police give Chiranuch the details of the charge later.
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