Those with ‘insulting attitude’ towards Thai monarchy can’t be judges: ultra-royalist

The leader of an ultra-royalist group has urged the Courts of Justice not to let people with an ‘insulting attitude’ towards the Thai monarchy become judges.

Maj Gen Rienthong Nanna, leader of the so-called Rubbish Collection Organisation (RCO), an ultra-royalist group, on Thursday, 1 September 2016, submitted a letter to the Office of the Judiciary, the secretariat of the Courts of Justice, to prevent a certain man from becoming an assistant judge, the Manager Online reported.

The man, who is not identified, has passed the examination of the Courts for Justice and is among the list of people about to be nominated to receive royal endorsement for the post.

According to Maj Gen Rienthong, the man allegedly clicked ‘like’ on a Facebook post in June which was deemed insulting to the Thai monarchy. He did not disclose details about the post.

He added that he had already filed a complaint with the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) where the man is working, but the man destroyed the evidence by closing down his Facebook account.

The RCO chairman told media that he still has evidence of the man’s action, which the Judicial Commission of the Courts of Justice should consider.

“How could a person with an ‘insulting attitude’ towards the Thai monarchy become a judge,” the Manager Online quoted Rienthong as saying.

In May, Maj Gen Rienthong who is director of Mongkutwattana General Hospital posted on his Facebook account that patients can rest assured that most of the medical staff in his hospital are royalists and are in favour of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), the formal name of the Thai junta.

“Mongkutwattana General Hospital is an organisation that has anti-junta doctors and staff, but they are only a minority, which is not bad,” reads part of Rienthong’s statement. “I can, however, accept them because they are cooperative in searching for lists of people who defame the Thai monarchy for me.”

He urged people not to hate the anti-junta medical staff and added that since 2010 he had fired most of the medical staff with political stands different from his.

Maj Gen Rienthong Nanna, leader of the so-called Rubbish Collection Organisation (RCO) (Photo from his Facebook account)

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