It is reported at Prachatai that, on 18 May, lese majeste defendant Somyos Prueksakasemsuk has had his bail rejected a 10th time. PPT guesses that this is now a record number of rejections. On the very same day, the Constitutional Court rejected the claim his lawyers made regarding the constitutional appropriateness of the lese majeste law.
The rejection by the court was short and sour, with the court making a comment that essentially means, if we are reading it correctly, that Somyos must be sentenced before an appeal can be made. That seems an odd way of considering an issue of constitutionalism.
The courts continue to show their remarkable political bias.
Update: For an excellent analysis of the Constitutional Court’s politicized decision on Somyot, see the fine analysis by Elizabeth Fitzgerald at New Mandala. It is worth reading and considering in full.