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Muad Jeab faces additional charges

Former Pheu Thai Party deputy spokeswoman turned up at the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) on Wednesday to acknowledge three additional charges for criticising the military-installed governnent.

Lt Sunisa Divakorndamrong or widely known as Muad Jeab was accompanied by her lawyer and representatives from 28 foreign embassies and human rights organisations which she invited as observers.

She already faces six charges of sedition and computer law violations after the legal representatives of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on December 7 lodged a police complaint against Lt Sunisa for attacking the government in Facebook posts.

The complaint claims she violated the Computer Crime Act and committed sedition under Section 116 of the Criminal Code.

In the Facebook post, Lt Sunisa wrote that Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha opened Government House on Dec 4 to welcome high-profile charity runner Artiwara Toon Kongmalai but refused to meet power plant protesters during his trip to the South last month.

The demonstrators were opposing the construction of a coal-fired power plant in Songkhla's Thepha district.

After acknowledging the charges today, Lt Sunisa remained firm on her rights to criticise the government for what she saw as its discriminatory practices.

She insisted as a Thai citizen she has the right to express herself freely and the government should pay heed to criticism rather than pursue legal action against those who hold different opinions.

She also claimed the case against her was politically motivated because she was a former Pheu Thai spokeswoman who had spoken negatively about the government.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)