Lese majeste and the law

7 04 2013

A reader has drawn our attention to a blog out of Korea – Another World Is Possible – that has a couple of recent posts regarding lese majeste in Thailand. The most recent is an interview with Sukunya Prueksakasemsuk.sukunya

Speaking of Somyos and his charging and sentencing under the draconian and feudal lese majeste law, she states:

“Everyone said I should stop fighting and Somyot should plead guilty and wait royal pardon” said Sukunya. She admitted the fight the case of lèse majesté, which is often categorized as a matter of national security in Thailand, is not an easy task at all.

On the law used to convict Somyos, Sukunya states:

“It’s like there is no law proper to charge Somyot, when it comes to editor’s role. If there’s no law, then you cannot charge anyone. This is guaranteed by our Constitution” said Sukunya.

On his sentencing and his continuing struggle, she says:

“It would be even more bitter if he gives up, because he is a person who has committed to democracy and human rights for his whole life. He has a strong spirit. No matter how long he may have to stay in prison… 11 years or 15 years or…, it’s neither acceptable for him to give up, nor impossible”

The last phrase might be a little mixed up, but the meaning is clear: Somyos continues his fight.



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