Democrat Party and lese majeste

26 03 2010

For some months, the Democrat Party leadership under Abhisit Vejjajiva seems to have been trying to keep lese majeste out of the headlines. For example, the government has tended to use the Computer Crimes Act where they may have used lese majeste provisions in the past. But lese majeste is a political charge that tends to be used most actively to threaten and cajole in times of political challenge. It was no surprise to see Jakrapob Penkair’s case pushed forward a couple of days ago.

Now The Nation (26 March 2010) reports that Democrat Party MP Nipit Intarasombat has submitted a petition with Parliament President Chai Chidchob and the Parliamentary Ombudsman’s Office calling for second deputy House speaker Apiwan Wiriyachai’s speech delivered at the red-shirts’ protest site on Monday to be investigated.Apiwan is a Peua Thai Party MP and Nipit has charged that he made “inappropriate comments” that he believes can be “interpreted as being in contempt of the monarchy. Nipit also planned to “bring this case to the National Anti-Corruption Commission.” He does this because he thinks the comments by Apiwan violated a code of ethics for members of parliament.

It will be interesting to observe whether lese majeste cases will again be making headlines as a measure of political pressure.


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1 12 2012
Pitak Siam fails, judiciary steps up « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the court to withdraw bail from red shirt leaders. Nipit is an ultra-royalist who has previous used lese majeste allegations against his political opponents. As the Constitutional Court sees itself as kind of royal-like and […]

1 12 2012
Pitak Siam fails, judiciary steps up « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the court to withdraw bail from red shirt leaders. Nipit is an ultra-royalist who has previous used lese majeste allegations against his political opponents. As the Constitutional Court sees itself as kind of royal-like and […]




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