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.
The Thai Criminal Court found Thitinan K. guilty of lèse majesté and sentenced her to one year in jail, but suspended the jail term for three years because the defendant suffered from mental illness.
Translated by Tyrell Haberkorn. Translator’s introduction: On 23 November 2011, Amphon Tangnoppakul, age 61, was sentenced to twenty years in prison under Article 112 and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act for allegedly sending four SMS messages with anti-monarchy content.
The Thai Appeal Court on May 8 affirmed the decision of the Court of First Instance, sentencing Ekkachai H. to three years and four months in jail and a fine of 66,666 baht for selling VCDs of a documentary on the Thai royal succession by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and copies of Wikileaks cables.
The Thai Appeal Court on Thursday upheld the verdict of the Court of First Instance, sentencing Yotwarit Chuklom aka Jeng Dokjik, a comedian turned red-shirt activist and politician to two years in jail for lèse majesté, without suspended jail term. The court found Yotwarit guilty of lèse majesté for a speech and a gesture, at a red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) rally on 28 March 2010. The 2010 red-shirt demonstration was to pressure the then Prime Minister
Pravit Rojanaphruk on the new ultra-royalist vigilante group, "Organisation for the Removal of Trash of the Land".
Mainueng K. Kunthee was the pen name of Kamol Duangphasuk, a prominent red-shirt poet and activist who was shot dead on Wednesday evening by unknown assailants.