Former senator accused of defaming monarchy

An anti-corruption group has filed a lèse majesté complaint against a former senator from Thailand’s Northeast.   

According to Matichon Online, on 8 April 2015, Sorachat Thongpen, the secretary-general of the Dhammaphiban Group (Good Governance Group) of the People’s Network Against Corruption, submitted a lèse majesté complaint to the Justice Ministry against Prasert Prakoonsuksapan, former senator of the northeastern province of Khon Kaen.

Sorachat accused Prasert of offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, known as the lèse majesté law, for making remarks and references on many occasions which could be viewed as defaming the monarchy.

He also included voice recordings and video clips of Prasert as evidence of the accusation to be investigated and urged Gen Paiboon Khumchaya, the Justice Minister, to take appropriate legal action against the accused.