The Criminal Court will start hearing two lese majeste cases this Wednesday and in mid August, according to iLaw, an Internet-based human rights advocacy group. In the first case, a man in his twenties, was arrested and charged with lese majeste and offences under the Computer Crime Act.
A Thai man took a video clip of his visit to the house of Chatwadee Amornpat aka “Rose”, who has publicly stated that she is against the Thai monarchy. The man flashed a gun and spray painted the Thai national flag on the front door. The clip begins with the man, who calls himself “DJ Ken”, saying that today he was going to take a ride somewhere. When he arrived at the door of Number 18 in a suburb of London, supposedly the house of Rose, he parked his car and said “I also have a souvenir for Rose”.
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.