Ampol Tangnopakul’s lese majeste trial begins

24 09 2011

As considerable international media attention is directed to the trial of Chiranuch Premchaiporn, the less publicized trial of Ampol Tangnopakul has begun. Click on the links for details on both cases.

Prachatai has a report on Ampol’s trial on lese majeste and computer crimes charges.

The 61 year-old is charged with having sent messages deemed lese majeste to Somkiat Krongwattanasuk, former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s personal secretary, through his mobile phone in May 2010. Police claim Ampol is an avid supporter of the red shirts.

He has been charged with lèse majesté under Article 112 of the Criminal Code and offences under Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crimes Act.

Somkiat went to the court to explain that “he received four messages deemed offensive to the King and Queen in May 2010, so he filed a police complaint with screen captures from his mobile phone.”

Police checks with mobile phone service providers linked the phone to Ampol’s daughter, who told police that the phone belonged to her father. However, there is disputation on how the police handled the case:

Rosmalin, Amphon’s wife, told reporters prior to the hearing that her daughter had been summoned by the police who claimed that she was involved in a drugs case. However, the police told her daughter that the drugs allegation was withdrawn after she had given them the information.

The hearing will resume on 27 September.