Thai activists call for change in cyber-crime law loophole

BANGKOK: In the struggle against Tung­kum mining company, Sura­phan Rujichaiyawat, a leading acti­vist with the Rak Ban Kerd group in Loei, found himself indicted in court for several alleged crimes.

One of these was a cyber-crime, as Suraphan was alleged to have de­famed the firm on the group’s Facebook page Muang Rae Muang Loei (Mineral Mines in Loei).

In December 2014 he posted a photo of a letter of complaint that alleged Tungkum was illegally gi­­ven permission to operate a gold mine and a gem mine on six plots of land.

The Nation has obtained the official indictment from Suraphan’s lawyer which shows that a representative of Tungkum lodged a complaint against the activist in a court in Mae Sot in Tak province.

It was alleged that Suraphan had committed a crime because the message posted could be viewed by clients of the company and may damage the firm’s credibility.

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