Police charge singer-turned-red-shirt activist Tom Dundee with lèse majesté

 
The police have charged Thanat Thanawatcharanon, aka Tom Dundee, a country singer-turned-red-shirt activist, with lèse majesté and offences under the Computer Crime Act. 
 
About 20 military and police officers, led by the Technology Crime Suppression Division, arrested Tom at his house in Phetchaburi Province on Wednesday. 
 
Tom’s wife told Prachatai that he was charged over his speeches at two red-shirt rallies, held by Kotee Red Guard, in November 2013.  A video of his speeches was uploaded to YouTube. 
 
The singer was earlier charged with defying the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) order for not reporting to the military after being summoned. He was then released on bail. 
 
In 2010, the Network of Voluntary Citizens to Protect the Monarchy on Facebook pressured the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to prosecute Tom for his speech at a red-shirt rally in Ratchaburi Province.
 

 

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