9 Jan 2017
A spokesperson for Thailand’s Court of Justice has warned activists against gathering in front of a criminal court to support a detained lèse majesté suspect, saying they may be liable for criminal charges.
15 Sep 2016
The Thai cabinet has passed a bill allowing courts to try cases where the defendant is absent. A human rights lawyer argues that the measure aims to facilitate the prosecution of fugitive ex-Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. On 13 September 2016, the cabinet approved a bill to amend the Criminal Procedure Code.
1 Jun 2016
The Criminal Court has sentenced a well-known anti-establishment red-shirt country singer to seven years and six months in prison for lèse majesté, making him promise to grow trees to honour the Thai monarchy after his release. On Wednesday morning, 1 June 2016, the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Rd, Bangkok, sentenced Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 58, aka Tom Dundee, a country singer-turned-red-shirt activist, to 15 years’ imprisonment for offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.
30 May 2016
After being imprisoned for almost two years, a well-known anti-establishment red-shirt country singer recanted earlier statements and pleaded guilty to a lèse majesté charge. At the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok, on Monday morning, Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 58, aka Tom Dundee, a country singer-turned-red-shirt activist, pleaded guilty to an offence under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law. Thanat was indicted on two lèse majesté charges.
17 Jul 2015
The Criminal Court granted bail to a punk musician after he was sentenced to a year in prison for spray-painting what looked like an anarchist symbol on the court’s name plate in Bangkok.
14 Jul 2015
The Thai Criminal Court sentenced a man to two years’ imprisonment for spray-painting what looked like an anarchist symbol on the court’s name plate in Bangkok, but the jail term was halved. The Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Road on Tuesday morning, 14 July 2015, sentenced Nattapon Kemngoen, aka Jayjay, a 22-year-old man accused of the painting letter ‘A’ in a circle, resembling the symbol for anarchism, on the nameplate of the court, to two years in jail for destroying public property and violating the Public Cleanliness Act.
10 Jul 2015
The Criminal Court has dropped charges against anti-election protesters who barricaded a Bangkok District Office in early 2014 to prevent the general election from taking place. According to T News, at 10:00 am on Thursday, 9 July 2015, Bangkok’s Criminal Court dropped charges against People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) demonstrators who barred the Din Daeng District Office in northern Bangkok, to prevent the distribution of ballot papers polling stations on 2 February 2014.
2 Jun 2015
The Criminal Court will rule whether to accept a lese majeste case file against Thaksin Shinawatra, a controversial ex-Prime Minister, in September. According to Matichon Online, Bangkok’s Ratchada Criminal Court will decide whether to accept the case file under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, aka. lese majeste law, against Thaksin Shinnawatra, an ex-PM who was ousted out of office by the 2006 coup d’état, on 7 September 2015.
28 May 2015
The criminal court sentenced a man to one month in jail, suspended for one year, for spray-painting an anarchist symbol on the court’s name plate in Bangkok. Ratchada Criminal Court on Wednesday afternoon sentenced Nattapon (surname withheld due to privacy concerns), accused of painting letter ‘A’, resembling the symbol for anarchism, on the name plate of the court, to a month in jail for destroying public property and violating the Public Cleanliness Act.
12 Mar 2015
Pro-democracy activists charged with defying the Thai junta’s orders have submitted a statement to the court of justice, urging the judicial authorities not to let military courts try civilians. Four activists from Resistant Citizen, a pro-democracy activist group, on Thursday afternoon submitted a statement to Bangkok’s Ratchadaphisek Criminal Court to call for the court of justice to resist the junta’s orders in letting military courts try civilian defendants.
9 Mar 2015
A programmer suspected of lèse majesté has denied the charges, saying that a copycat Facebook account falsely used his photo as profile picture and defamed the King, according to iLaw. Piya J., a programmer, on Monday denied the lèse majesté allegations against him during the deposition hearing at Ratchadaphisek Criminal Court.
23 Feb 2015
The criminal court sentenced two theatre activists to five years in prison for taking part in a political play "The Wolf Bride" deemed lèse majesté, but since the defendants pleaded guilty, the jail terms were halved to two years and six months. The court earlier scheduled the reading of the verdict at 1.30 on Monday. After weeks-long campaigns by rights groups, inviting people to attend the verdict reading in the afternoon, the court on Monday decided to read the verdict in the morning instead.