Lese majeste not forgotten

5 12 2012


AP says this at the end of its birthday report:

Open discussion of the monarchy and its future is difficult, because a lese majeste law makes it easy to prosecute people who have been accused of insulting the king or royal family. If convicted, they can be sentenced to three to 15 years in jail. There have been dozens of such cases in recent years, with several people convicted and jailed.

It hardly needs reiterating but see the following and recall the huge efforts made for conformity (“unity”), including locking up political opponents:

A selection of pending lese majeste/computer crimes cases: Akechai Hongkangwarn, Amnuay Kaewchomphu, Anek Chaichana, Aswin (family name withheld), The Bangkok 19, Bundith Arniya, Anthony Chai, Chanin Khlaikhlung, Chucheep Chivasut, Chuphong Thithuan, Community Radio Station 10, Giles Ji Ungpakorn, Kanyaphak Manichak, Kitti Sansukrojwong, Kokaew Phikulthong, Norawase Yospiyasathien, Phenwat Wattapongsirikul, Pattani man (all names are unknown), Pisek Sanittangkul, Pitsanu Promsorn, Somsak Jeamteerasakul, Somyos Pruksakasemsuk, Suporn Atthawong, Suraphot Thawisak, Thaksin Shinawatra, Thanapol Bamrungsri, Thanapol Eawsakul, Thiranan Vipuchanun, Khatha Pachachirayapong, Somjet Itthiworakul, Thatsaporn Rattanawongsa, Thitinant Kaewchantanont, Thossaporn Ruethaiprasertsung, Wichian Kaokham, and Wiphat Raksakunthai.

Sentenced on lese majeste/computer crimes cases: Ampol Tangnopakul (died while incarcerated), Boonyuen Prasertying, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, Joe Gordon, Harry Nicolaides, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Papatchanan Ching-in, Sathian Rattanawong, Suchart Nakbangsai, Surachai Danwattananusorn, Suriyan Kokpuey, Suwicha Thakor, Tanthawut Taweewarodomkul, Uthai (family name unknown), and Wanchai Saetan.



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