Citing the ban on political activities, the junta has pressed charges against eight Pheu Thai politicians for attacking the junta administration. On 18 May 2018, Col Burin Thongprapai and Maj Gen Wijarn Jodtaeng, acting on behalf of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), filed charges against eight Pheu Thai politicians after they attacked the NCPO administration at a press briefing on Thursday. The eight include Watana Muangsook, Chaturon Chaisang, Noppadon Pattama, Chaikasem Nitisiri, Phumtham Wechayachai, Pol Ma
The judicialisation of politics, or judicial activism, refers to circumstances where the judicial branch becomes an active player in politics, interfering in the affairs of the executive or legislative branches.
The Criminal Court has handed another jail term of two months to an embattled anti-junta politician accused of contempt of court, but suspended the sentence for two years. On 28 August 2017, the Criminal Court sentenced Watana Muangsook, a well-known politician from the Pheu Thai Party, to two months in prison and a fine of 500 baht.
The Criminal Court has handed a one year suspended jail term to a junta critic accused of contempt of court. On 21 August 2017, the Criminal Court sentenced Watana Muangsook, a well-known politician from the Pheu Thai Party, to one year in prison and a 500 baht fine for violating Articles 15, 30, and 31 of the Criminal Procedure Code, laws related to contempt of court. He was charged with broadcasting through Facebook live from the court premises about another case.
Over the past week, a teenage singer was slammed by nationalists after complaining about her country on Twitter. A lecturer put a student in a headlock for protesting a university ceremony. And various prosecution cases moved forward against human rights advocates and politicians. Late last week, Thai social media heated up over tweets from a pop singer called ‘Image’ who had expressed her discontent at living in Thailand.
The authorities have accused a politician known for his anti-junta stand of committing a computer crime for posting on Facebook that the missing 1932 Revolution Plaque is a national asset. On 19 April 2017, Pol Gen Srivara Ransibrahmanakul, the Deputy Chief of the Royal Thai Police (RTP), revealed that the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) filed a complaint against Watana Muangsook, a politician from the Pheu Thai Party, for breaching the Computer Crime Act.
A politician in the northern Thailand has been detained for spreading letters allegedly distorting the junta-sponsored draft charter’s content although the referendum has already ended.
More than 10 Pheu Thai politicians have simultaneously denounced the junta’s charter draft for its undemocratic origin and content, adding that they will vote against it in the August referendum. One politician argues that the charter draft is actually an amnesty bill for the junta. On Wednesday, 15 June 2016, prominent politicians of the Pheu Thai Party, the anti-establishment political party with a strong affiliation with Thaksin Shinawatra, simultaneously declared their stance against the junta’s charter draft on their Facebook accounts.
Every lawyer in the world must be shock by the news about the arrest without bail of the 8 victims who were charged of a computer crime against the national security for drawing a caricature of the Prime Minister and posted online.
A politician from the Pheu Thai Party recently released from military custody has told the media that his daughter has been pressured to leave the country.