In February 2011, Democrat MP Watchara Petthong filed lese majeste complaints against Thaksin Shinawatra, Robert Amsterdam and Thanapol Eawsakul (as editor of the Same Sky/Fa diew Kan) for the publication of the Thai version of the White Paper by Amsterdam & Peroff on the violence of April and May 2010. The book has been a best seller, and was the initial case taken to the International Criminal Court by red shirts seeking redress for the violence.
Amsterdam is Thaksin’s lawyer and is also lawyer to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.
Media commentary on Amsterdam’s case:
Prachatai, 22 February 2011: “Lèse majesté charges filed against Robert Amsterdam’s book”