Top Air Force officer files lèse majesté complaint against superior

A top Air Force officer filed a lèse majesté complaint against a general after being sacked from a position in the Royal Aide-de-Camp Department, saying only the King can order the dismissal.

According to Matichon Online, Air Chief Marshal Chansak Nivasabutr on Wednesday filed a lèse majesté complaint at the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) against Gen Sayan Kampeepan, Chief, Aide-de-Camp General to H.M. the King.

Chansak accused Sayan of sacking him without authorization to do so after Sayan removed Chansak from the post of Deputy Chief Aide-de-Camp General on 11 September 2014.

Chansak said Sayan’s decision to sack him was unlawful because only the King can dictate the transfers and dismissals of positions in the Royal Aide-de-Camp Department and all other positions in the royal court.


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