Thai authorities have shut down two satellite TV stations affiliated with the anti-establishment red shirts for seven days in the name of national security.
The Thai military ordered relatives of red shirts who were killed during the April-May 2010 military crackdown on the red shirt protest to cancel a Buddhist ceremony to mourn the victims, claiming that the event could carry political connotations. On Thursday afternoon, military officers stormed into Wat Kerdkan Udom in Khlong Luang District of Pathum Thani Province, north of Bangkok, and forced relatives of the anti-establishment red shirts who were killed during the April-May 2010 political violence to cancel a Buddhist ceremony to mourn the deaths.
Police in southern Thailand accepted a lèse majesté complaint filed against two Facebook users for allegedly posting messages defaming the monarchy on a red-shirt radio host’s Facebook profile. Lt Col Jongserm Preecha, an inquiry officer at Kathu Police Station in the southern province of Phuket on Saturday accepted a lèse majesté complaint filed against two individuals known by their Facebook names as Chaida Bunyothin and Parichat Klinsrisuk. The complaint was filed by Siharat Thinkhaonoi.
The military court on Tuesday granted bail to a red-shirt suspect accused of posting a forged royal statement after he had been jailed on remand for seven days. On Tuesday, the military court granted 400,000 baht bail to Krit B. Earlier last Friday, the court denied him bail, citing flight risk. The military court’s decision on Friday was highly criticized because the court had granted bail to Nirad Yaowapa, a former editor of the ultra-royalist ASTV-Manager Online, who faced the same charge.
The criminal court postponed the preliminary hearing against a suspect charged with murder and carrying arms in public during a confrontation between the red shirts and anti-election protesters in February 2014.
In an unprecedented decision a military court has granted bail to a 50-year-old cook, accused of possessing illegal weapons after having denied her bail request four times.
Anuwat Tinarat, a local politician and red-shirt leader from northeastern Nakhon Ratchasima Province (commonly known as ‘Khorat’) has been charged with lèse majesté under Article 112.
The military court has refused to grant bail to a 50-year-old woman from northern Lamphun Province, accused of possessing illegal weapons, despite the suspect’s poor health. The defence lawyer, meanwhile, has challenged the military court’s jurisdiction over the case. Saowani Intalo, a 50-year-old restaurant owner, was arrested along with Phairat Singkham, 38 years old, during a 26 May raid by military and police forces on a longan farm in the northern province of Lamphun.
The Military Court rejected bail requests of red-shirt defendants accused of planned rebellion against the coup makers despite the lacks of evidence, while their lawyers objected having the case tried in the martial court. The nickname ‘Khon Kaen Model’ was given to the cases of 26 defendants, mostly elderly, accused of being hard-core red shirts who planned to rebel against the junta.
The Military Court ruled to try two lese majeste defendants in closed doors, claiming that the charges were related to the monarchy and hence to the national security, according to iLaw. On Tuesday morning, the Military Court, following suggestion from the staff judge advocates, announced that the trials of Kathawut B., a red-shirt radio host whose programs allegedly contained lese majeste contents, and a man who asked not to be named would be proceeded in camera.