US and Thai law compared

26 12 2011

As we mentioned in an earlier post, Meechai Ruchupan, former President of the Senate, veteran government legal adviser, former President of the Council of the State, and ardent royalist has “lashed out at the United States over its remarks on Thai lese majeste cases.” We noted that Meechai stated, quite incorrectly, that: “In the US, no one can defame or hold malice against the president … civilised people should respect cultures of the other nations, too…”.

We have no idea if Meechai is civilized, but we were sure that he was wrong on defaming the U.S. president. We provided a couple of examples of real-life defamation of President Obama.

We are pleased that Bangkok Pundit has now taken up this issue in some clinical detail, showing that Meechai is wrong. That he is incorrect is a matter for concern for Meechai is supposed to be a senior lawyer, and we would have thought that he would be better read on international issues. Indeed, just searching the internet for a moment would have corrected his position. So we are forced to conclude that he is concocting a story – in fact, he is passing along a story that has been circulating in rabid yellow-shirt circles for some time – and acting as a propagandist.

Readers should access Bangkok Pundit for the full details.


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13 09 2015
Old men and old ideas | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Meechai as a rabid royalist ideologue associated with the 2006 military coup and junta and with several anti-democratic movements, including the movement that sought to bring down the Yingluck Shinawatra elected government. He has been fully prepared to defend the lese majeste law, even making stuff up to support the draconian law. […]

13 09 2015
Old men and old ideas | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Meechai as a rabid royalist ideologue associated with the 2006 military coup and junta and with several anti-democratic movements, including the movement that sought to bring down the Yingluck Shinawatra elected government. He has been fully prepared to defend the lese majeste law, even making stuff up to support the draconian law. […]