Jakrapob’s lese majeste case to be dropped

1 04 2012

A report in Prachatai state’s that Jakrapob Penkair‘s lese majeste case is to be dropped.

Jakrapob was a former spokesman for ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who, following a speech at Bangkok’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) on 29 August 2007, had to resign as a minister in May 2008,  being accused of lese majeste in his FCCT talk . Under pressure from the Abhisit Vejjajiva Democrat Party-led government, on 22  March 2010 the case was sent forward for consideration for prosecution. Jakrapob had fled Thailand a year earlier.

Now Prachatai states:

On 30 March, Pol Sub-Lt Pongniwat Yutthaphanboriban, Director-General of the Office of Criminal Litigation of the Office of Attorney General, said that the public prosecutor had decided not to indict Jakraphob Penkair on lèse majesté charges since Sept last year.

Pongniwat said that the “public prosecutor’s opinion have been forwarded to the Police Chief to consider whether he agrees with the public prosecutor’s opinion or not.”

The serial lese majeste accuser  Pol Lt Col Wattanasak Mungkijkarndee had been informed of this outcome, and he reportedly claimed “the decision was political as Jakraphob was a leader of the red shirts who support the current government…”. The prosecutor’s responded that there was insufficient evidence. Indeed, if readers look at the transcript PPT has long had posted (see the link above), they will see that the it was the lese majeste that were political.


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