lese majeste

4 Nov 2016
Perhaps I should take the opportunity of these troubled times to clear my conscience. It was the coronation of the person who has taken over the mantle of the longest-reigning monarch in the world.  I was a pre-schooler still trying to figure out how the world worked. One thing that I couldn’t figure out was why, if I wasn’t old enough for real school, I still had to go to Sunday school.  Only much later in life did I learn the delights of the Sunday afternoon naps that my father enjoyed while I was sent to The Schoolroom.
19 Oct 2016
Thai police commander has demanded that Thai people stop harassing lèse majesté offenders, adding that 12 people have been prosecuted since King Bhumibol’s death.         On 19 October 2016, Chakthip Chaijinda, Commissioner-General of the Royal Thai Police, asked the public to report lèse majesté cases to the police, rather than harassing suspected offenders.
12 Sep 2016
The junta has issued an order abolishing military court trials of civilians who commit crimes against national security, including sedition and lèse majesté cases.     On 12 September 2016, the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Head Order No. 55/2016 was published in the Royal Gazette.
8 Apr 2016
French edition of Marie Claire magazine has been banned because of an article related a member of Thai royal family.    
30 Apr 2015
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.
22 Apr 2015
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.
18 Dec 2014
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.
17 Dec 2014
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.
16 Dec 2014
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.  
14 Dec 2014
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.  
12 Dec 2014
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.
11 Dec 2014
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.


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