The Thai authorities have searched the homes of leading anti-establishment red shirt figures in northern Thailand in the hunt for the persons who sent letters criticising the junta-sponsored draft charter.
After being forced into taking a so-called ‘attitude adjustment session’ by the military, 19 red shirts accused of breaking the junta’s ban on political gatherings were forced to sign an agreement promising to steer clear of all political activities.
The Military Court has given a well-known anti-establishment red-shirt country singer an extra three years and four months’ imprisonment for lèse majesté to add to an earlier sentence of seven years and six months. The Military Court of Bangkok on Monday morning, 11 July 2016, handed Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 58, aka Tom Dundee, a country singer turned red-shirt activist, five years in prison for offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law. The sentence, however, was reduced by one third to three years and four months after Thanat pleaded guilty.
The Thai military have accused red shirts in Phrae of breaking the junta’s ban on political gatherings and summoned them for a four-day attitude adjustment session in exchange for having charges against them withdrawn.
A key leader of the anti-establishment red shirts has reported that the military has ordered the closure of red-shirt referendum watch centres in many provinces. Meanwhile, the red shirts have invited the UN to monitor the draft charter referendum.
The deputy junta head has said the red shirt’s referendum watch campaign is not allowed since it is the responsibility of existing government agencies.
A policeman and a military officer attempted to bar anti-establishment red shirts from holding a press briefing to open a centre to monitor the draft charter referendum despite the junta leader’s promise that opening such centres is allowed. Pol Col Suphon Khamchu and Sub Lt Sunthon Yoddee on Sunday, 5 June 2016, visited TV 24 broadcasting station in Lat Phrao District, Bangkok.
The Criminal Court has sentenced a well-known anti-establishment red-shirt country singer to seven years and six months in prison for lèse majesté, making him promise to grow trees to honour the Thai monarchy after his release. On Wednesday morning, 1 June 2016, the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Rd, Bangkok, sentenced Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 58, aka Tom Dundee, a country singer-turned-red-shirt activist, to 15 years’ imprisonment for offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.
After being imprisoned for almost two years, a well-known anti-establishment red-shirt country singer recanted earlier statements and pleaded guilty to a lèse majesté charge. At the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok, on Monday morning, Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 58, aka Tom Dundee, a country singer-turned-red-shirt activist, pleaded guilty to an offence under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law. Thanat was indicted on two lèse majesté charges.
A Provincial Court in northeastern Thailand has dismissed charges against five soldiers and a member of the Territorial Defence Volunteer Corps (TDVC) accused of shooting a local redshirt leader. The Provincial Court of the northeastern province of Udon Thani on Thursday, on 26 May 2016, dismissed charges against five soldiers from a military base in the western province of Kanchanaburi and a TDVC member accused of shooting Kwanchai Sarakam, leader of the People Who Love Udon Club, a local anti-establishment red shirt group.