Thailand’s first Juvenile “Mimi” who was charged for violating the Emergency Decree, acquitted of all charges, Juvenile court ruled.

On 22 September 2022, Thailand’s Juvenile and Family Court read the verdict of “Mimi” an 18-year-old activist. She was the first child charged with violating the Emergency Decree for her activism at the #25Oct20 protest at Ratchaprasong Intersection.

“The defendant was only 16 years old at that time and was interested in the nation’s political situation, thus, not capable of organizing such a large-scale protest. The accusation that she was the protest organizer was merely speculation without evidence. Hence, acquitted of all charges.” – Juvenile court ruled.

“Mimi” was accused by Police Lieutenant General Sithidak Sudhom and all 5 plaintiff’s witnesses were police officers.
The trial observation by third-party observers was allowed inside the courtroom during the reading of the verdict.

At least 283 Thai children have been charged/prosecuted for their political expression, 17 of which were charged with #section112 (#Lèsemajesté) including “Petch Thanakorn”.

“Petch” was the first child being charged with Thailand’s strictest Criminal Code #112 for wearing a crop top at Siam Paragon on 20 December 2020. A 17-year-old boy was indicted by a public prosecutor at Thailand’s Central Juvenile and Family Court for defaming the royal monarchy. His trial is scheduled to begin in June 2023.