Webmaster of www.norporchorusa.com arrested

Police have arrested the webmaster of a pro-red shirt website for committing lèse majesté, and will make more arrests.

On 1 April, Pol Lt Gen Tha-ngai Prassajaksattru, Commander of the Central Investigation Bureau, led police officers to arrest Thanthawuthi Thaweewarodom, 38, at his apartment at Soi Ramkhamhang 107, Sukhapiban 3 Rd, Lad Phrao, Bangkapi, Bangkok.

Tha-ngai said that police had found the content on www.norporchorusa.com and www.norporchorusa2.com offensive to the monarchy, and in violation of the 2007 Computer Crimes Act.

The websites also broadcast programmes of the red-shirt People’s Channel, based at Imperial World Lad Phrao.

The accused confessed to the police that he had published the content.  The web designer, whose web alias is Red Eagle, developed the websites and has maintained them for 5 months.

The police will arrest his 2-3 accomplices.

‘Most offensive websites are registered abroad, but some are registered in Thailand. The police are investigating and will make more arrests.  This, however, has nothing to do with the red shirts’ protests’, Tha-ngai said.

Thanthawuthi was charged for lèse majesté and offences under the 2007 Computer Crimes Act.

Nor Por Chor stands for the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) in Thai. 



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