Fake succession

3 02 2015

Channel NewsAsia and Khaosod report that the military dictatorship has launched an investigation into an allegedly “fake royal announcement about King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s health and his succession plan.”

In fact, Khaosod reports a “fake document” but states:

Due to strict laws that criminalize any remarks deemed critical of the monarchy, Khaosod English is withholding other information related to the document.

Channel NewsAsia states that the letter was “designed to look like it came from the Bureau of the Royal Household, has been circulating on social media since Monday (Feb 2). It carries the official Royal Palace letterhead as well as the seal and signature of the King’s principal private secretary.”

The military government has “denied the contents of the letter, saying the document is fake.” The Royal Household Bureau has “urged National Police Chief Somyot Poompanmoung to prosecute whoever had released the letter.”

Social media versions of the announcement claimed it was fake due to a series of spelling errors (see image).Announcement

The report says that “National Police spokesman Police Lieutenant General Prawuth Thawornsiri said the letter was likely to have been created outside Thailand and released to cause panic in the country.”

Another Khaosod report states that:

An editor for the ultra-royalist Thai newspaper Manager ASTV was summoned by police today for overseeing the publication of a fake palace statement on the newspaper’s website last night.

Niran Yaowapha, the head of Manager ASTV‘s online section, met with police in Bangkok today for “questioning” about the fake document, which said that King Bhumibol, 87, had decided to appoint a Regent to act on his behalf.

It adds that police claim that the document was “most likely disseminated ‘from abroad,’ which will make it difficult for police to track down who was behind the forgery.”


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4 02 2015
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4 02 2015
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[…] Police did not explain how Kris was located and arrested. Earlier, they claimed the fake royal health/succession document came from overseas. […]

16 05 2015
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[…] But then, back in late 2014, there was discussion of the law being altered. There was also a fake succession announcement. Can any reader enlighten us as to whether the puppet National Legislative Assembly passed a […]

16 05 2015
Thailand’s political blues | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] But then, back in late 2014, there was discussion of the law being altered. There was also a fake succession announcement. Can any reader enlighten us as to whether the puppet National Legislative Assembly passed a […]




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