Military Court secretly tries lese majeste cases

The Military Court ruled to try two lese majeste defendants in closed doors, claiming that the charges were related to the monarchy and hence to the national security, according to iLaw.

On Tuesday morning, the Military Court, following suggestion from the staff judge advocates, announced that the trials of Kathawut B., a red-shirt radio host whose programs allegedly contained lese majeste contents, and a man who asked not to be named would be proceeded in camera.

The court’s decision disappointed representatives from the European Union (EU) and the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) officials, who came to observe the trial. The judge insisted that since the cases are related to the revered Thai monarchy, it would not be publicly opened.

Today (Tuesday) was scheduled for the deposition examinations of the two defendants.

The next court meeting of both cases will be around end of November.

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