In a brief breaking news story at the Bangkok Post (18 September 2010) it was reported that police arrested Wiset Pichitlamkhen for alleged offenses against the draconian lese majeste laws.
Wiset is alleged to have been wanted under an arrest warrant issued by the Criminal Court for posting comments – it is not clear where – deemed to have been offensive to the monarchy.
Wiset was arrested by immigration police at Suvarnabhumi airport when he was about to leave Thailand. It is not clear exactly when this arrest took place, but it does seem to have followed an order from the police chief.
Wiset was handed over to the politicized Department of Special Investigation for further legal proceedings, which usually means pressure and, PPT would suggest, forms of mental torture, that usually lead to a “confession.”
It is significant that this arrest was announced on the eve of the anniversary of the 2006 coup and the anniversary of the king’s lengthy hospitalization. It seems that this arrest, on the orders of the royalist police chief, seemed darkly appropriate on the anniversary of the royalist coup, as a hugely symbolic action by the royalist-military regime and as a small gift to the hospitalized king to reassure him that the royalist prime minister is continuing to protect him.
PPT doesn’t know any more about the case and would welcome reader input.