More lese majeste arrests planned

1 03 2011

A few days ago PPT stated:

… the justice minister has stated that there are a further 17 lese majeste cases under investigation with another 3 cases put to the police in recent days. PPT thinks that there are at least 44 cases in various stages of investigation, some of which have been dormant for a long time. However, these can be re-activated at any time. For example, cases from early 2008 are expected to be re-activated by prosecutors this coming week.

We had also seen this item in Thai and were about to post it when Prachatai did the job for us, announcing the political use of lese majeste in 5 more cases:

Arrest warrants have been issued for 5 lèse majesté suspects and another 30 more are in the pipeline.

According to Voice TV, on 28 Feb, Director-General of the Department for Special Investigation Tharit Pengdit defended his agency which had been criticized for having been sluggish over lèse majesté cases, and said that the DSI had found that such offences had been committed by networks of people through various channels including the internet, community radio, etc., and it had also acquired information about individual offenders.

A total of 17 cases are now under investigation by the DSI. The court has already approved arrest warrants for 5 suspects. The DSI is now gathering evidence to issue arrest warrants for 30 more people.

However, Tharit did not reveal the names of the suspects.

Lese majeste repression appears to be deepening under the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime, making a mockery of Amnesty International’s position. We seriously doubt that AI can ever do the right thing and oppose lese majeste as a political charge that is used to repress and imprison dissidents.



5 responses

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