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Re: “Lese majeste law should be amended, not annulled”, Letters, February 22

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Vint Chavala asks why people should flee the country if they haven’t broken any laws. The obvious answer is that even if they’re innocent they may rightfully feel they can’t get a fair trial. After all, this is a country where anyone can have anyone else thrown in jail without bail by merely accusing him of lese majeste.
In a country that has a dreadful human rights record, including credible reports of “confessions” made under torture, it’s outrageous to assume that just because someone doesn’t want to be tried in Thailand he is therefore guilty.
Eric Bahrt
 

Published : February 23, 2016