Family lese majeste

11 02 2015

Apiruj and Wantanee Suwadee have been accused of lese majeste. Khaosod reports on their appearance at police headquarters earlier this week.

These are the parents of the former wife of Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn, Srirasmi. She has been thrown out of the prince’s palace, de-royalified and publicly humiliated. Almost 30 persons associated with her and her family and former networks linked to the prince’s palace have been charged with lese majeste and other crimes.

Khaosod states a couple of times that Srirasmi “resigned from the Royal Family…”. This is nonsense. She was ditched out by the prince who wants to promote a fourth wife.

Apiruj and Wantanee are accused “of using their royal connections to bully [Sawita Maneechan] … in 2003.” She was jailed for 18 months for fraud.

We have no idea if the claims by Sawita are true. However, we do know that using royal connections for personal benefit is common.

Apiruj and Wantanee face charges of lese majeste and with “facilitating the filing of false police reports that led to criminal charges.”

Both have denied the allegations. We thought their comments were revealing, not so much about the case, but about the crushing of Srirasmi and her family:

“I don’t know what to say,” Wantanee said. “I never knew [Sawita]. I don’t know who is who in her family. Please give us some fairness. We never knew anything about it. We never intended to bully anyone. You can make me swear oath on anything, I will do it.”

Today’s meeting at the police headquarters was the first time Srirasmi’s parents have appeared in public as commoners since the scandal broke out last year.

Asked to comment on the allegations, Wantanee said she has never flaunted her daughter’s connection to the Crown Prince.

“We lived as commoners,” Wanatee said. “We never required any visitors to our residence to kowtow or crawl on their knees. We greeted them normally. There’s no hierarchy. We are all equals. We treated them with dignity.”

As we said, we have no idea of the truth, but they seem to beseech the prince:

… “There’s nothing else we can lose in this life, because we have lost everything already. Don’t pile more troubles on us, please. What else do you want from us? We have no more tears to cry these days. Please show us some sympathy and compassion. We never intended to insult the monarchy. We love every member of the Royal Family. No matter what happened, we still love and revere them to this day.”

Police Maj. Gen. Thitirat Nongharnpitak said the police will proceed with the “sensitive” case. He said:

“As far as our initial investigation concerns, there are some facts and evidence to this case,” Pol.Maj.Gen. Thitirat said. “But we will also respect the rights of the accused, because it is a sensitive case. Society is watching. Let me stress that everything will be according with evidence.”

The others caught up in network and householder cleaning saw little law or justice and were jailed in record time.


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