A court yesterday released a 20-year-old Pattaya man on a bail bond after he was charged under the Computer Crime Act over tweets relating to the 1955 executions of three men held accountable for the death of King Rama VIII.
The Appeal Court on Monday afternoon allowed bail to the unidentified 20-year-old after his family and lawyers presented a bond of THB200,000, raised online in a matter of days.
The court said it approved the bail since there were “no circumstances suggesting a risk of flight or threat of harm to others” and deemed the amount of the bond as “reliable.”
The man was arrested Thursday at his Pattaya home and charged under the Computer Crime Act’s national security provisions after he wrote about three men executed 65 years ago for the death of King Ananda Mahidol under Twitter account @ssj_2475. He was previously denied bail twice.
Following Thursday’s arrest, #SaveAnonymous became the top-trending Thai hashtag and awareness of the case led some pro-democracy netizens to raise the money for the man’s defense.
Ed. note: Certain aspects of this story have been omitted due to legal concerns.