A court in Kamphaeng Phet has dismissed royal defamation charges against two suspects accused of making false claims about Princess Sirindhorn in an alleged scam.
A famous political fortune teller has refused to comment on an odd incident where two crows killed and ate a pigeon at Government House. The astrologer said a government official had asked him to remain silent. Crows killing pigeons appears quite typical in the food chain. But when this happened at Thailand’s Government House, the Thai media perceived it as a sign of bad luck.
The military has filed charges against participants in last week’s pro-election rally in Chiang Mai for violating the junta’s ban on political gatherings. On 20 February 2018, Lt Ekkaphon Kaeosiri, a military prosecutor, filed charges against four student activists and two villagers who participated in a pro-election rally in front of Chiang Mai University on 14 February. The authorities accused them of violating the Head of National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) Order No.
The Thai government and a Muslim Malay liberation organization have reached an agreement to make one district of the Deep South safe for civilians.
Would you pay over 200,000 baht for a painting that you cannot hang even in your house? A group of businessmen has won the bid for a portrait of an exiled historian by a satirical cartoon page.
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has urged the junta to negotiate with anti-coal protesters after seven hunger strikers were admitted to hospital. On 15 February 2018, the NHRC expressed support for the rally at the UN building, Bangkok. The rally urged the junta to withdraw its plans to build coal-fired power plants in the southern provinces of Songkhla and Krabi.
The Administrative Court has nullified an order that fined Thai PBS for broadcasting political talks about the Thai monarchy. On 15 February 2018, the Administrative Court ruled to invalidate a fine of 50,000 baht imposed by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) on Thai PBS for broadcasting political discussions about the Thai monarchy. The court ruled that bias on the part of Lt Gen Peerapong Manakit, one of the NBTC members who proposed the punishment, led to an unfair trial.
The authorities have claimed that a draftee in Chanthaburi died of heat stroke. The soldier’s father found no injury marks on his body. On 14 February 2018, Muhammad-Erfan Je-ma, a conscript in the Royal Thai Marine Corps, was subjected to punishment (colloquially called ‘repairing’) until his death at a military camp in Chanthaburi Province.
Despite an earlier court ruling, the Thai Army has filed a defamation lawsuit against a torture victim in the Deep South, who exposed his experience on TV in support of an anti-torture bill. On 14 February 2018, the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) Region 4 filed defamation charges against Isma-ae Tae, a founder of the Patani Human Rights Organisation.
The authorities have summoned a student activist who planned to hold a pro-election rally in Chiang Mai.