4 Apr 2016
Thailand’s military courts have handled more than 1,400 cases involving more than 1,600 civilian defendants. The most pressing problem has been the overuse of pre-trial detention against those accused of lèse majesté or criminal possession of war weapons, which simply turned them into “forgotten prisoners.” If they decide to fight the charges, these civilians would face almost indefinite detention – both because of the seriousness of the charges against them and the Court’s own slow procedures.
1 Mar 2016
The defence lawyer for a factory worker accused of lèse majesté for mocking the King’s dog requested the military prosecutors not to indict the suspect, saying that the lèse majesté law does not cover the King’s dog and the charge was politically motivated. Anon Nampa, a well know human rights lawyer, on Monday, 29 February 2016, submitted a letter to the military Judge Advocate General’s Office, calling for justice for Thanakorn S., a 27-year-old factory worker.
12 Feb 2016
The Military Court has ruled to continue the trial of an elderly independent writer accused of defaming the Thai monarchy despite the fact that he has been diagnosed with psychosis.
12 Feb 2016
The Military Court has again denied bail to a lèse majesté suspect accused of mocking the King’s dog while the suspect’s defence lawyer maintains that the case does not fall under the lèse majesté law. Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR), reported that the Bangkok Military Court on Thursday, 11 February 2016, denied bail to Thanakorn S., suspected of offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.
11 Feb 2016
The Military Court has for the second time issued arrest warrants for anti-junta activists calling for an investigation into corruption allegations concerning a park constructed by the Royal Thai Army.
5 Feb 2016
A psychiatric institute in Thailand has concluded that the trial can go ahead of a lèse majesté suspect who claims that he has telepathic powers to communicate with Thaksin Shinawatra, the controversial ex-Prime Minister.
22 Jan 2016
Thai Military Court released another anti-junta youth activist demanding an investigation into a park constructed by the Royal Thai Army. At 11:40 am on Friday, 22 January 2016, the Military Court of Bangkok rejected a police request to detain Abhisit Sapnaphapan.
21 Jan 2016
The Court Jurisdiction Committee (CJC) has ruled that the Military Court has jurisdiction over a lèse majesté case concerning a former blogger, saying that the lèse majesté content he posted was still online after the 2014 coup d’état.
13 Jan 2016
The Thai military court has issued arrest warrants for six young anti-junta activists calling for an investigation into the corruption allegations surrounding the construction of Rajabhakti Park. According to the Daily News, the Military Court of Bangkok on Wednesday, 13 January 2016, issued arrest warrants for Sirawit Serithiwat, 23, Chonticha Jaeng-rew, 22, Chanoknan Ruamsap, 22, Abhisit Sapnaphapan, 29, Korakoch Saengyenpan, 23, and Thanet Anantawong, 25.
21 Dec 2015
The Military Court has halted hearings in the case of a red shirt accused of sedition for defaming the junta’s leader because of disputed jurisdiction on the case.
16 Dec 2015
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) have pointed out that the legal procedure under the Military Court leading to the verdict passed on a single mother convicted under the lèse majesté law is ‘unlawful’ and violates the rights to a fair trial.
15 Dec 2015
The Military Court has sentenced a 49-year-old accountant to 19 years in prison under the lèse majesté and sedition laws during a deposition hearing without informing her lawyer.