Student activists, lecturer testify to police in lèse majesté case involving ancient king

Two student activists and a lecturer from Thammasat University testified to police over a lèse majesté accusation against the renowned royalist and lèse majesté law critic Sulak Sivaraksa in relation to Sulak’s speech on an ancient king during the seminar. The student activists, who were the organizers of the seminar, told the police that the seminar was intended for educational purposes only.   

Two student activists from Dome Front Agora, a student activist group based at Thammasat University, visited Chanasongkram Police Station on Wednesday afternoon to testify on the lèse majesté complaint against Sulak. Phiphat Krachaechan, a history lecturer from the same university and also one of the speakers at the event, also testified.

Two student activists from Dome Front Agora, a student activist group based at Thammasat University (left), testifying in the lèse majesté complaint against Sulak at Chanasongkram Police Station on Wednesday afternoon

At the police station on Wednesday, the students told the investigating officers that the seminar was organised merely for education purposes and not to stir up conflicts or create instability in society.

In October, two retired generals filed lèse majesté complaints against Sulak of defaming King Naresuan, an ancient king of the Ayutthaya Kingdom who reigned about 400 years ago, by raising doubts at the seminar on Thai history about the historical battle between the ancient Thai king and a Burmese general. The seminar was organised on 5 October. Sulak also criticized Naresuan for being a cruel king.

The two generals also accused Sulak of defaming Rama IV during the same seminar.

 

See related news:

Thammasat historian summoned to testify on lèse majesté case against renowned royalist Sulak

Sulak Sivaraksa on lèse majesté, nationalistic history, coup and succession

Renowned royalist Sulak sued for lèse majesté for defaming ancient king

 

 

 

Advertisements

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: service@prachatai.com, please leave a comment on the transaction as “For Prachatai English”