1 Dec 2014
The Criminal Court on Monday ruled to try in secret the case of a man charged with lèse majesté for sending to the Stop Lèse Majesté blog a link to content deemed as defaming the King. At 3.15 pm, Tanet (last name withheld due to privacy concerns) was taken to court for a preliminary hearing.
28 Nov 2014
Most evidence indicates that a Japanese cameraman and two other red shirts who died during violence in April-May 2010 were shot by the military. Bangkok’s Southern Criminal Court on Tuesday started another round of hearings on the deaths of Hiroyuki Muramoto, a Reuters cameraman, and Wasan Phutai and Todsachai Maekngamfa, two anti-establishment red-shirt protesters, who were shot dead during the violent military crackdown on red-shirt protests on 10 April 2010.
26 Sep 2014
The Criminal Court on Thursday rejected a bail request on behalf of Patiwat S., who has been charged with lèse majesté because he starred in the Wolf Bride, a stage play about a fictional monarch. Ratchada Criminal Court on Thursday granted a police request to detain the suspect for six more days.
17 Sep 2014
Prefatory note to the English translation: During the crackdown on red shirt protestors during April-May 2010, at least 94 people were killed and over 2000 injured. In an unprecedented event in Thai political history, the leaders who presided over the crackdown -- former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva and former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban (now a monk) – were indicted in October 2013 for premeditated murder under Articles 80, 83, 84 and 288 of the Criminal Code.
31 Aug 2014
Relatives of those killed during the 2010 political violence were arrested on Sunday morning after they distributed leaflets in downtown Bangkok.
12 Mar 2014
The Criminal Court on Tuesday began hearing the case of a 65-year-old woman who stepped on a picture of HM the King in July 2012 and was prosecuted for violating the lèse majesté law. Thitinan (last name withheld due to privacy concerns) was accused of defaming HM the King by allegedly stepping on the King’s picture during a pro-establishment rally in front of the Constitutional Court in July 13, 2012.
22 Dec 2013
The judicial process in Thailand is especially tricky to figure out. Just this week the international media showed pictures of former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva climbing the many steps of the Criminal Court to be formally charged with murder. Commentators noted that even if prosecution of a PM for a crime of this severity is a first for Thailand, it is very much a selectively political case and few believe there is any serious chance of his future appearances being in leg irons.
13 Sep 2013
The criminal court today dismissed the case against Yutthapoom (last name withheld), 37-year-old man who was accused by his own brother for violating lèse majesté law, known as Article 112 of the criminal code. The court said the evidence was not substantial.