Lèse-majesté

27 Nov 2014
As King Bhumibol is aging, it is undeniable that anxiety over the succession looms among Thais. Thongchai Winichakul, the renowned Thai historian, at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, discussed the root of this anxiety 
27 Nov 2014
The police on Thursday charged a 73-year-old writer for making a lèse majesté comment at a seminar. The old man had earlier been convicted of lèse majesté with the jail term suspended due to mental illness. If convicted again, his jail terms will accumulate.   The writer and social critic, using the pen name Bundit Aneeya, has been detained since Wednesday noon after he spoke about the monarchy during a forum organized by the Innovation Party at a building on Ratchadaphisek Road.
25 Nov 2014
For the fourth time the military court refused to grant bail to a man accused of writing graffiti mainly criticizing the junta and making reference to the king in the restrooms of a shopping mall, despite the suspect’s severe health conditions.   The military court on Monday for the fourth time declined a 2.5 million baht bail request of Opas C., a 67-year-old man charged with writing seditious messages which expressed disapproval of the junta and the Democrat Party and contained a physical description of the king.    According t
24 Nov 2014
The military court on Monday sentenced a website editor to nine years in jail for publishing an article deemed to defame the King on a popular anti-establishment news aggregator. The sentence was halved because the defendant pleaded guilty.    The man, whose penname is Somsak Pakdeedech, oversees the content on the Thai E-News website, which mainly aggregates political news from various sources, including Prachatai.
23 Nov 2014
A court on Saturday approved an arrest warrant for two high ranking police officers accused of defaming the King, asking for bribes, money laundering and misconduct.    On the same warrant, three other police officers and three civilians were named.
18 Nov 2014
The court on Tuesday approved a police custody petition to detain Jaruwan E., 26, for 12 days, despite objections from the defendant.    She did not submit any bail request since she is destitute and has no lawyer representing her.    After the ruling, she was taken to the Central Women Correctional Institution, Bangkok.   On Sunday night, she was arrested by a combined military and police force and was detained at a military camp for a night for interrogation.
18 Nov 2014
The military court on Tuesday sentenced the red-shirt host of a political podcast programme to 10 years in jail for defaming the King on his programme, but since the defendant pleaded guilty, the court reduced the sentence by half to five years in jail.    The civilian criminal courts have normally sentenced defendants to between three and five years for each count of lèse majesté, but in this case the military court gave 10 years for a single count.    Kathawut B.
17 Nov 2014
A combined force of military and police on Monday evening arrested and charged a man and a woman for making false claims about a royalist project for personal benefit.    According to  ASTV-Manager Online, Chainarin K., former president of the Secretariat of Admiring the King and Pitchakan W, were accused by Somlab Kitiyakorn, another former president, of using the organization to find benefit themselves.    The loss from the false claims was abo
17 Nov 2014
Prachatai looked into record of those who just campagined for the media freedom -- six months after the coup.
17 Nov 2014
Anuwat Tinarat, a local politician and red-shirt leader from northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima Province (commonly known as ‘Khorat’) has been charged with lèse majesté under Article 112.
17 Nov 2014
The woman who was accused of posting lèse majesté material on her Facebook page told police that she did not have control over the page and that the page was a ploy by a disappointed admirer to cause her trouble.   On Saturday, Lt Col Burin Thongprapai, a staff member of the military Judge Advocate General’s Department, accused Jaruwan E. of defaming the King on her Facebook account and submitted three pieces of content posted under the public Facebook page with the name Jaruwan E. (full name and surname in Thai).
15 Nov 2014
The military on Saturday accused a woman of defaming the King on her Facebook account. However, the Facebook account is suspected of being fake and a ploy to damage the woman.   Lt Col Burin Thongprapai, on the staff of the military Judge Advocate General’s Department, on Saturday afternoon filed a case under Article 112 or the lèse majesté law against Jaruwan E., 26, at the Crime Suppression Division.    Burin submitted three pieces of content posted under the public Facebook page with the name Jaruwan E.

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