Hunting dissidents

9 02 2015

Prachatai reports that the military junta’s “Justice” Minister is stepping up the hunt for political dissidents who have fled the country, using the lese majeste law against them.

The General who doubles as “Justice” Minister, Paiboon Khumchaya, stated that “the committee which has been appointed to hunt down lèse majesté suspects will submit a list of 40 lèse majesté suspects in exile to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to cooperate with other countries in extraditing the suspects.”

PPT suspects that more than 40 have fled the military dictatorship, but these 40 have been identified as monarchy dissidents.

Despite the fact that almost no modern country has or uses its lese majeste law, the statement that “the committee and the Foreign Ministry will compile information and clarify to the host countries about extraditing these suspects,” seems to be for domestic consumption by dopey monarchists.

One interesting statement in the report, which we highlight here is:

The period since the 2014 coup d’état has seen the highest number of lèse majesté prisoners in Thai history….

Thailand is in the hands of a quite strange and driven set of military leaders who seem unaware of the rest of the world and unconcerned that they are dragging the country to a political dead end.



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