The police from northeastern Roi-Et Province on Friday morning charged Sombat Boonngam-anong with lèse majesté. The charges were filed by Wiput Sukprasert, a yellow-shirt businessman, in January 2014 in Roi-Et.
Sombat Boonngamanong, a prominent red-shirt figure, on Friday morning said he wants to be part of the reconciliation process, asking his followers to be more subtle when showing their opposition to the junta. About a hundred people visited the red-shirt leader at the Bangkok Remand Prison at 11 am on Friday.
The coup maker Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha expressed concerns over seminars held in overseas universities that they may disseminate “inappropriate views” on the Thai monarchy and may violate the notorious lese majeste law. Gen Prayuth spoke on Wednesday at the Thai Army Club to more than 20 Thai ambassadors from 18 countries. The general urged the Thai ambassadors not to stay silence, but take actions against people who commit lese majeste oversea.
Two men were charged with lèse majesté after being detained for seven days by the military. The court denied their bail requests. On Tuesday, police charged Chaleaw J. and Kathawut B. under Article 112 of the Criminal Code or the lèse majesté law. They were denied bail and sent to Bangkok Remand Prison. They were among 28 people summoned by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) under order no. 44, issued on June 1.
The police arrested a taxi driver on Monday and charged him with lèse majesté after a passenger filed a police complaint over their conversation on inequality in Thai society. The passenger, reportedly a university lecturer, recorded the conversation between them in January on his mobile phone and submitted it to the police as evidence. The 43-year-old taxi driver is now detained at the Phaya Thai police station.
The military released Suthachai Yimprasert, a red-shirt history lecturer at Chulalongkorn University, at about 5 pm, after he reported to the military junta along with ten other activists on Tuesday morning. He was released on condition that he will not join any anti-coup activity and not write about the lèse majesté law. Suthachai said he did not about the fate of the others. Tewarit Maneechay, a Prachatai journalist who was summoned by the same order as Surachai, has not be
The Criminal Court on Monday for the second time rejected a bail request of Apichat (last name withheld due to privacy concerns).
The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) issued a 37th announcement, granting authority to the Army Court to prosecute all crimes in violation of Article 107-112 of the Criminal Code, or the crimes against the monarchy including Thailand's lese majeste law. Crimes regarding national security and sedition as stipulated in Article 113-118 of the Criminal Code will also be prosecuted by the Military Court.