Court dismissed lèse majesté case for insubstantial evidence

The criminal court today dismissed the case against Yutthapoom (last name withheld), 37-year-old man who was accused by his own brother for violating lèse majesté law, known as Article 112 of the criminal code. The court said the evidence was not substantial.
He had been detained in Bangkok Remand Prison since September 2012, after being pressed charged by his brother in August 2009, and accused of speaking and writing words defaming the King on VCD. The court denied bail to him four times citing flight risks.
Article 112 of Thailand's criminal code stipulates that "Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years."
More information about the case: Yutthapoom: 112-Brother vs Brother


Since 2007, Prachatai English has been covering underreported issues in Thailand, especially about democratization and human rights, despite the risk and pressure from the law and the authorities. However, with only 2 full-time reporters and increasing annual operating costs, keeping our work going is a challenge. Your support will ensure we stay a professional media source and be able to expand our team to meet the challenges and deliver timely and in-depth reporting.

• Simple steps to support Prachatai English

1. Bank transfer to account “โครงการหนังสือพิมพ์อินเทอร์เน็ต ประชาไท” or “Prachatai Online Newspaper” 091-0-21689-4, Krungthai Bank

2. Or, Transfer money via Paypal, to e-mail address:, please leave a comment on the transaction as “For Prachatai English”