Uncle SMS wife, Roamalen, in tears

English: ผู้แทนพระองค์ในสมเด็จพระเจ้าลูกเธอ เจ...

English: ผู้แทนพระองค์ในสมเด็จพระเจ้าลูกเธอ เจ้าฟ้าจุฬาภรณ์วลัยลักษณ์ อัครราชกุมารี เข้ามอบของอวยพรปีใหม่ ณ ห้องสีงาช้าง 11 มกราคม2553 (The Official Site of The Prime Minister of Thailand Photo by พีรพัฒน์ วิมลรังครัตน์) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Uncle SMS wife, Rosmalen, was in tears when the Thai court told her, her husband died in jail from being ignored by prison guards, and thuse gave her sick husband little medical help. Uncle SMS was imprisoned for lese majeste or the crime of offending the Monarchy, a taboo subject, where those charged and imprisoned are shunned by society, in Thailand. Observer says that can explain why the prison grads left him with little care. Khao Sod English reports; A doctor told the court yesterday that the elderly man jailed for allegedly insulting the monarchy did not receive adequate medical assistance during his imprisonment – the negligence that ultimately led to his death whilst in prison. Mr. Amphon Tangnoppakul, famously known as ′Uncle SMS′, was accused and later found guilty in 2010 of sending a secretary of then-Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva series of messages that the court deemed insulting to the monarchy. Mr. Amphon, who was 62 at the time of his trial, was sentenced to 20 years in jail. ′Uncle SMS′ later died of underlying health problems on 8 May 2012, sparking uproar among civil rights activists who argued that lese majeste (insult of monarchy) posed a threat to free speech in Thailand, while others criticised Thai prison system for its disregard of inmates′ welfare. His wife, Ms. Rosmalen Tangnoppakul, requested the court to investigate the circumstance of his death. The court has heard that the autopsy, overseen by Dr. Kittibhumi Juthasmit, the director of Phoo Singha Hospital in Sri Saket province, revealed plaques formed inside Mr. Amphon′s artery, covering up to 60% of the area. The blocking resulted in Mr. Amphon′s fatal heart failure. Dr. Kittibhumi said the prison′s hospital should have had equipment to rescue Mr. Amphon before he died. “Such condition does not require any specific equipment at all” said Dr. Kittibhummi, “They only need a tube and a syringe to pump out the liquid in Mr. Amphon′s body”, yet such basic equipment is somehow unavailable in the facility. The judges said they would make further announcement about the specific cause of Mr. Amphon′s death again on 30 October. However, for Ms. Rosmalen – Mr. Amphon′s wife – the testimony is enough evidence that her elderly husband was mistreated and neglected by the prison officials. She tearfully told our correspondent she would use the testimony as a basis of her lawsuit against the Department of Corrections for abandoning Mr. Amphon to his death. She said she would sue the Department via the Administrative Court. The royal family remains highly sensitive subject in Thailand. Individuals convicted of lese majeste can face up to 15 years in prison per offence. Meanwhile, Prachatai reports that Asia Books, one of the largest bookstore chains in Thailand, has ordered 2 book titles that touch on the Thai monarchy to be withdrawn from their shelves. The decision was reportedly due to “political sensitivity”. The 2 books (both written in Thai) were Dream the Impossible Dream, about the attempts by the royalist faction to regain power after the 1932 democratic revolution in Siam, and Gentlemen-in-Waiting, which details the relationship between King Rama VI and his male palace servants. (Source)


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