Submitted on Wed, 2014-02-12 13:31
Somsak Jeamteerasakul, a history lecturer from Thammasat University and outspoken critic of the Thai monarchy, said unknown assailants shot at his house and car with rubber and live bullets on Wednesday noon.
He posted on his Facebook that two unknown assailants broke into his house in Bangkok, and threw bricks to damage his property while he was at home, while other neighbours were also nearby.
Last week, the Army’s Deputy Spokesman revealed plans to sue Somsak because of Facebook comments critical of the monarchy. He also insisted that the Army’s duty is to protect the monarchy.
In April 2013, the Army filed complaints against Somsak for violating the lèse majesté law in other Facebook comments, which he made about a TV interview with Princess Chulabhorn Walailak on the Woody Talk Show.
The Article 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code, or the lèse majesté law, 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." Critics of the law say it is abused as a political tool and severely limits freedom of expression.