Somsak to be prosecuted!

16 11 2012

Prachatai has reported a dismal story that first started with a Facebook notification a couple of days ago: police have, after more than a year of “consideration,” decided to send to prosecution a lese majeste charge against Thammasat University historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul. The complaint was made by the Army.

Somsak has been told “to report to the public prosecutor on 20 Nov.” He had earlier reported to the police in May 2011. The Army’s charges against him apparently relate to two articles he wrote “in response to Princess Chulabhorn’s interview and which had been published on several websites in late March and April that year.”

He has denied the offenses.

PPT thinks that this process is one that has been pushed in order to silence a critic and to tell academics that the monarchy is also off limits for their consideration. Readers might recall that various friends of the palace, including Abhisit Vejjajiva have said that academic criticism is permitted. We have a feeling that this is a charge the second generation in the palace wants to prosecute.


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