"We used the Computer Crime Act, because we didn't want to use a more serious law," said Pol Col Yanapol Yangyeun, Commander of the IT Crime Office of the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) under the Ministry of Justice, during a seminar on Thailand's relatively new computer crime law on Nov 8, 2007.
The internet user allegedly involved in a lèse majesté web-board thread posted on Prachatai discussion forum late last year met police for interrogation. He said he did not remember if he posted the comment and now the thread has been deleted.
A lèse majesté charge was filed with the Crime Suppression Division police against unidentified internet users who posted messages on the Prachatai web-board.
The proposed amendment to the lese majeste law is careless and unwise. The existing lese majeste law is already problematic in many respects.
Proposed amendments to the lese majeste laws that would make it illegal to criticise an adviser to His Majesty the King, have been withdrawn due to concern from Privy Council members, the proponent of the bills said yesterday.
Thai police are investigating a university lecturer for allegedly insulting the monarchy through examination questions he set on Thai civilisation.
(Hong Kong, July 23, 2007) An online petition has been launched in support of a Thai lecturer who has been accused of insulting the monarchy through the questions asked in a university examination paper.
Silpakorn University philosophy lecturer Asst. Prof. Boonsong Chaisinghanon has told Prachatai that he has refused to hand over examination papers and score details from his Thai Civilization courses.
A Thai Civilization lecturer is being threatened with a lèse majesté charge as the police believe the questions he asked students in their examination are slanderous to the monarchy.