1 Jun 2018
Despite close ties with the military government, an anti-election hyper-royalist monk has been detained for criminal association, extortion and counterfeiting a royal emblem. The incident has raised the question of whether the junta is still in full control of Thai politics.
11 Apr 2017
A Buddhist foundation has accused Buddha Isara, an ultra-royalist monk and a key leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), of royal defamation over a ritual to bless Buddha amulets. On 10 April 2017, Wichai Prasertsutsiri, coordinator of the Centre for the Promotion of Buddhism Foundation, filed a complaint under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, against Buddha Isara at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok.
17 Feb 2016
The police have said that they will summon a key leader of a rally of monks for allegedly breaking the Public Assembly Act, while Buddha Issara, a well-known ultra-royalist monk, is pressing criminal defamation charges against him.
4 Dec 2015
An ultra-royalist has urged the police to investigate the US Ambassador to Thailand over his criticism of the lèse majesté law, saying the police should proceed if the criticism breaches the law.
1 Oct 2015
An ultra-royalist organisation and a pro-coup monk have organised rallies in front of the US embassy in Bangkok, calling the US and human rights groups not to criticise the lese majeste law and to send back people allegedly defaming the Thai monarchy believed to be in the US.
29 Sep 2015
A pro-coup Buddhist monk known for leading anti-election mobs prior to the 2014 coup d’état has urged the US and Human Rights Watch, a human rights civil society group, not to touch Thailand’s lèse majesté law or intervene in its domestic affairs.
8 Aug 2014
Khaosod English Buddhist monk and former anti-government activist Buddha Issara has filed criminal charges against two men responsible for an anti-royal video. Buddha Issara was accompanied by a dozen supporters when he met with police officers at the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok today and urged them to take legal action against the men in the video. In the video clip, posted on Youtube on 1 August, two unidentified men in suits say they are members of the "Thai Allia
1 May 2014
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28 Feb 2014
The involvement of a controversial monk Buddha Issara as an anti-government protest leader sparks fierce debate on the function of Buddhism in this turbulent country.