Royalists face the law

21 01 2015

Not in Thailand, but in a constitutional monarchy with rule of law and freedom of expression: Britain.

Several UK news outlets report on the case of monarchy critic Rose Amornpat and what they acknowledge has been a “campaign of abuse” against her. The abuse began when she “dared to criticise the Thai royal family…”. The reports say that her ordeal “is finally over.”

The reports include a video interview.

Given the craziness that infects Thailand’s royalists, we suspect there will be further harassment. However, it is great to know that some of her problems have been effectively dealt with.

The British government refused to deal with an extradition appeal from the military dictatorship in Thailand.

One of her royalist harassers, DJ Ken or Thitipan Rungrawd, has “pleaded guilty to criminal damage and possession of an imitation firearm.”

As would be expected in such a situation, “he was sentenced to 10 weeks imprisonment, suspended for 12 months, 200 hours unpaid community service and required to pay £200 compensation at Bromley Magistrates Court on September 16 2014.”

Earlier in this month, “two women aged 54 and 42 were cautioned for harassment, and a 41-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of harassment but released without charge.”

A spokesman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is quoted making some excellent points: “The UK is committed to the freedom of speech and defends the right of individuals to express their views without the threat of intimidation or harassment.”

The spokesman added: “We have made clear to the MFA [Ministry of Foreign Affairs] in Bangkok and the Thai Embassy in London, that we will not tolerate attempts to enforce Thai military decrees in the UK that are aimed at preventing freedom of expression.”

We doubt Thailand’s royalists can fathom such statements of principle.

 


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