The Military Court has sentenced a close aide of the late royal astrologer involved in organising the ‘Bike for Dad’ event in 2015 to three years and six months in prison. The Military Court of Bangkok on Monday, 1 August 2016, handed a three years and six months sentence to Jirawong Watanathewasilp for offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.
A police officer accused of lèse majesté for making false claims about the monarchy for personal benefit together with a famous fortune-teller has committed suicide in prison. The Department of Corrections on Saturday, 24 October 2015, announced that Pol Maj Prakrom W., an inspector in the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD), hanged himself and died while detained at the remand facility in the 11th Army Division on Nakhon Chaisri road, Bangkok.
In the evening of 16 October 2015, some media reported that Mr. Suriyan Sucharitpolawong was taken from his residence by state officials for allegedly committing a lèse majesté offence under Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code. On the same day, Police Colonel Akaradech Pimolsri, the Chief of the Crime Suppression Division, denied that the Division did not arrest Suriyan, and had no plan to arrange a press conference as it was rumored.
A military court has detained three lèse majesté suspects accused of making false claims about the monarchy for personal benefit, one of whom is a well-known fortune-teller involved in organising the ‘Bike for Dad’ event. At around 3 pm Wednesday, 21 October 2015, the police officers brought Suriyan Sutjritpolwongse, aka Mo Yong, a well-known fortune-teller, Jirawong W., his close associate, and Pol Maj Prakrom W., an inspector in the Technology Crime Suppression Division, to the Military Court of Bangkok to request permission to remand the three in custody.