Recent lese majeste case updates

30 11 2014

The lese majeste avalanche continues under the military dictatorship, and it is Prachatai that is maintaining a watch on these cases. Here is a listing of recent lese majeste news:

1. The sensational use of lese majeste by Crown Prince Vajirlongkorn and the police, with military junta support, has been widely reported, here, here, here and here.

2. Prachatai reports that amilitary court “made the unprecedented decision to grant bail to a lèse majesté suspect” when it bailed Bundith Arniya, “a 73-year-old writer and translator, who was arrested on Wednesday for making a comment during a seminar that allegedly defamed the King.” Bundith, a writer, was previously released on a suspended lese majeste charge, suffering “psychosis, [and who] has only one kidney and has to carry a urine drainage bag with him all the time.” His most recent case involves “allegedly lèse majesté comment that he made on Wednesday [that] pointed out the general opinion of Thais toward the monarchy.”

3. Prachatai reports that a lese majeste and computer crimes Facebook case against Jaruwan E. has resulted in “two more people fac[ing] the same charges.” They are males named Anon and Chat. All three have denied all charges. Jaruwan is a factory worker, Chat is a fisherman and Anon a welder. Police say they have not finished collecting evidence. None has any possibility of raising funds to seek bail.

 

 


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10 02 2015
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10 02 2015
Lese majeste case dismissed | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] long after, we stated that it was reported at Prachatai that a lese majeste and computer crimes Facebook case against Jaruwan […]