Paris-Geneva, April 30, 2015 - Thailand’s Supreme Court must immediately release on bail human rights defender Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk and expedite his appeal trial, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint program, said today.
The Appeal Court on Wednesday sentenced a 66-year-old bookseller to three years in jail under the lèse majesté law for selling a banned book with the jail term reduced by one third. Bangkok’s Southern Criminal Court on Wednesday morning overturned the Court of First Instance’s ruling to acquit a defendant accused under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lèse majesté law, and sentenced him to three years imprisonment. The defendant prefers to be referred to as defendant U. due to privacy concerns.
The Thai junta is trying hard to press other countries to extradite political exiles for allegedly defaming the revered Thai monarchy, saying that they should think twice about their long term relations with Thailand, after claiming that the exiles caused the biggest single day loss on the Thai stock market.
An ex-lèse majesté suspect charged with disobeying a junta order pleaded guilty to failing to report to the junta in June, despite the fact that he had earlier been arrested by the junta. Nut S., an anti-coup activist accused of defying the coup order which summoned him to report to the coup-makers in June, pleaded guilty during the trial at the military court in Bangkok on Wednesday morning.
The Thai junta leader has ordered the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) to deploy harsher measures on lèse majesté websites. According Daily News, Prayut Chan-o-cha, head of the Thai junta, urged the MICT during a high level meeting at the Government House on Monday morning to closely monitor lèse majesté websites and other websites that might affect public morale.
A prosecutor and several others filed lèse majesté complaints against the Secretary-General of the Office of The Under Royal Graciousness [sic] for embezzling money through a false royal project.
Thai police arrested a man accused of defaming the monarchy on Facebook more than a year after the complaint was filed. According to Bangkokbiznews, the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) police arrested Piya J., in eastern Bangkok. Piya was accused of violating the lèse majesté law or Article 112 of the Criminal Code and Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act for publishing illegal content on the Internet.
The police arrested the wife of a high-ranking police officer and charged her with lèse majesté for allegedly using the name of the monarchy to sell overpriced chili paste and other food products. Pol Maj Gen Sombat Milintachinda, chief investigator of the Metropolitan Police, and several other police officers arrested Sudathip M., the 45-year-old wife of Pol Col Kowit M., former Director of Immigration Police of Samut Sakhon Province, after the criminal court issue a warrant for her arrest on lèse majesté charges.
The military court on Tuesday approved an arrest warrant for Nopporn Suppipat, a Thai energy businessman, accused of falsely claiming about the monarchy, in the scandal related to a high ranking officer and the family of the royal-assigned surname.The military court on Tuesday approved an arrest warrant for Nopporn Suppipat, a Thai energy businessman, accused of making false claims about the monarchy, in the scandal related to high-ranking police officers and the family with a royally-assigned surname. At least eight people
Three brothers and two more people connected to a network of high ranking police officers charged with lèse majesté are accused of defaming the monarchy, illegal possession of weapons, robbery, and holding others for ransom. A total of seven people involved in this case have now been charged with lèse majesté. The investigators on 28 November detained three siblings, Natthapol, Sitthisak, and Narong Akharapongpreecha, and Sutthisak Sutthijit and Chakan Phakphum, who are allegedly criminally associated with Pol Lt Gen Pongpat Chayapan.