Debating and damning lese majeste

5 02 2013

Mong Palatino at Global Voices has a useful post that summarizes some of the anti-112 actions and debates sparked by the cruel sentencing of Somyos Prueksakasemsuk.

There is a related story at the Bangkok Post about a new group that is challenging the lese majeste law. The report says they are “calling themselves the Alliance for People’s Democracy [กลุ่มแนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยภาคประชาชน (นปป)] – all wearing red shirts – gathered on Monday to challenge the judiciary’s interpretation of the lese majeste law.” It adds that “The gathering began with a few dozen participants and then swelled to at least 150…”. The group included former lese majeste convict Suchart Nakbangsai, who spoke to the crowd.

The group expressed concern regarding a warning by the Criminal Court chief judge that the court “has the right to prosecute and sentence those who comment on the court’s verdict on Somyot (such as controversial monarchy commentator Somsak Jeamteerasakul and others posting on the Internet) for contempt of court…. Their statement said these remarks by the chief justice undermined people’s confidence in the fairness of the courts.”

PPT thought that that “confidence” was already shot to pieces and that the courts are seen as unfair and politically partisan.

Are we being crazy optimistic or has this latest sentencing unleashed forces that cannot be contained?


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7 02 2013
FCCT on lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] front page of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, and related to several earlier posts Debating and damning lese majeste, Chiranuch at FCCT, Debating lese majeste and responses to it, Warped world royalism and […]

7 02 2013
FCCT on lese majeste « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] front page of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand, and related to several earlier posts Debating and damning lese majeste, Chiranuch at FCCT, Debating lese majeste and responses to it, Warped world royalism and […]

12 02 2013
What if we are not worthy of sympathy? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] meted out to Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and the recent saga involving the FCCT, that we have posted on: Debating and damning lese majeste, Chiranuch at FCCT, Debating lese majeste and responses to it, Warped world royalism and […]

12 02 2013
What if we are not worthy of sympathy? « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] meted out to Somyos Prueksakasemsuk and the recent saga involving the FCCT, that we have posted on: Debating and damning lese majeste, Chiranuch at FCCT, Debating lese majeste and responses to it, Warped world royalism and […]

17 02 2013
Continuing the LM discussion « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] of the attention to foreigners in these categories). THe long trail is here: FCCT on lese majeste, Debating and damning lese majeste, Chiranuch at FCCT, Debating lese majeste and responses to it, Warped world royalism and […]

17 02 2013
Continuing the LM discussion « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] of the attention to foreigners in these categories). THe long trail is here: FCCT on lese majeste, Debating and damning lese majeste, Chiranuch at FCCT, Debating lese majeste and responses to it, Warped world royalism and […]