Lawyer, Facebook page admin urge junta to purge lѐse majesté internet users

A lawyer and the administrator of a Facebook page opposing supernatural beliefs have filed a lѐse majesté complaint, accusing many internet users of defaming the monarchy on Facebook and YouTube.

Matichon Online reported that Songkran Atchariyasap, chairman of the Network to Oppose the Undermining of the Kingdom, Religions and Monarchy, and Kiatisak (surname withheld due to privacy concerns), the administrator of a Facebook page called FuckGhost, at 1 am on Wednesday, 27 April 2016, filed a complaint against internet users under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lѐse majesté law. 

The FuckGhost Facebook page is known for posting messages to discredit people who claim supernatural powers and denounce supernatural activities.   

According to the two, many internet users have posted and shared lѐse majesté messages and images on 20 Facebook pages and YouTube.

They said that such lѐse majesté content aimed at discrediting the monarchy have been accessed and shared virally online by many individuals.

As the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is already eager to prosecute people defaming the monarchy, the authorities should consider the case, said Songkran.  

In addition to offences under Article 112, the two also accused the internet users of offences under Article 14 of the Computer Crime Act (importation of illegal information into a computer system).

They also cited Article 83 of Thailand’s Criminal Code in the complaint, saying that all internet users committing similar lѐse majesté actions shall be punished for the same offences.    

The complaint was filed with the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) and accepted by Pol Cpt Phaithun Joisakhu, a CSD investigator.

The notorious lèse majesté law or Article 112 of the Criminal Code states "Whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, Heir-Apparent or Regent shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years."