Two lese majeste cases

23 08 2013

In recent days, two lese majeste cases have inched forward.

First, at the Bangkok Post, it is reported that the Southern Bangkok Criminal Court “has postponed the reading of the Supreme Court’s judgement in the lese majeste case against Bandit Aneeya to December, so that he can have an operation in hospital first.”

Bundith’s guarantor Peter Koret said he was due to have an operation at Siriraj Hospital in November, so the court “postponed the reading of the Supreme Court’s decision to Dec 11.” It also warned Koret that his guarantee would be taken if Bundith failed to appear then.

This case goes back to 2003. The report states:

Family and supporters have expressed concerns about his ageing and unhealthy condition, fearing that if he is put in jail he might die for lack of proper health care inside the prison. They cite the case of Ampon Tangnoppakul, who died on May 8, 2012 at the Corrections Department Hospital.

Also at the Bangkok Post, the quite bizarre case of the brother of Yutthapoom Martnork accusing him of lese majeste in an apparent case of sibling rivalry.

The trial began on Tuesday. The defendent is pleading not guilty. From Srisaket, Yuttapoom was “arrested and detained in 2010 and has been denied bail twice, in September of that year and March this year.”

The prosecution accuses him of “making defamatory comments against members of the royal family while watching TV news, and writing an insulting word against the monarchy on a compact disc.”


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