Updated: The lese majeste regime

5 07 2014

Tucked away in the Bangkok Post a couple of days ago was this lese majeste announcement:

The Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) is setting up a team to pursue legal action against lese majeste suspects who have fled or are living abroad.

Attorney-General Trakul Winijnaiyaphak said his agency was working with state agencies to form the team to be made up of representatives from the OAG, the police and the Foreign Ministry.

He said the team would review lese majeste cases after it received reports from the police. The team then would forward the cases to the OAG for indictment if there were grounds for prosecution.

The OAG could seek arrest warrants for suspects if they had fled or were staying in countries which had compatible laws and extradition agreements with Thailand, Mr Trakul said.

We know well enough that the military dictatorship has proclaimed its loyalty to the monarchy. We also know that it has set about dredging up every lese majeste case of recent years, accused, in process or completed, and it reviewing them. And we know that the junta’s lackey police bosses have been active in the hunt for the “disloyal.” What we are seeing is the enforcement of a lese majeste regime, with the legal arms of the state being ever more firmly being oriented to act politically for the junta and monarchy. Of course, these agencies have long been heavily biased. Now that bias is being heavily institutionalized and regularized as a lese majeste regime.

UpdateThe Bangkok Post also reports that the Foreign Ministry has also indicated the establishment of this lese majeste regime by revoking “the passports of lese majeste opponent Somsak Jeamteerasakul and hardline red-shirt leader Wutthipong “Ko Tee” Kochthammakhun.” Note that Somsak is not charged with lese majeste but that The Dictator has long been after him, hoping to pin a lese majeste charge on him.


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