Updated: Sonthi Limthongkul’s trial will begin in November 2011

17 08 2010

As PPT has established, People’s Alliance for Democracy leader Sonthi Limthongkul has a contradictory relationship to lese majeste.  In January 2009, he criticized Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul (‘Da Torpedo’) for allegedly making comments critical of the royal institution. Darunee was sentenced to eighteen years in prison in August 2009. After months of halting investigation, in July 2010, Sonthi was formally charged with lese majeste for discussing the content of Darunee’s alleged speech.

Prachatai has reported that Sonthi’s trial will begin on 1 November 2011. Why so far out? Another break for the PAD leader? Recall  the double standards on red and yellow justice posted on yesterday. It seems that being a yellow shirt carries weight in the Thai courts.

Sonthi’s case will be a test of sorts. Over the last few years, the lese majeste law (Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code) and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act have been used to silence speech not only critical of the royal institution, but often generally dissident speech as well. Sonthi has often been one of the biggest cheerleaders of the ruling Democrat political order. How will he be treated during his trial? How will his trial be conducted? Will it be open, or, like the case of Darunee and others, will it be closed to the public?



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17 08 2010
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