Pai Dao Din to appear in court for trial today

Defiant student activist​ Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, or Pai Dao Din, will appear in Khon Kaen Military Court today to hear testimonies by state witnesses on the charges he was indicted.

He was earlier awarded the 2017 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights from the South Korea-based May 18 Memorial Foundation.

However he could not go to receive the award by himself as he is still detained in prison for the alleged charges.

His parents were designated to receive on his behalf.

They returned yesterday from South Korea at Suvarnabhumi airport amid warm welcome by their son’s colleagues.

The parents said upon arrival that they would deliver the prize to their son today in the court

In addition to the award, he also gets a US$50,000 cash prize.

According to the online news agency Prachatai, Jatupat had been nominated for the honour by the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP).

The award recognises individuals or organisations who have made a great contribution to the struggle for human rights, democracy and peace in their own country in Asia.