Double standards on lese majeste

13 02 2015

Over the years, there have been double standards demonstrated throughout the judicial system, where the rich and powerful get special treatment from judges.

In terms of politics, red shirts have always been the subject of more severe judicial treatment than have elite-supporting yellow shirts.

The political law that is lese majeste has mainly been directed against those considered opponents of the royalist elite. The witch hunts have resulted in double standards on lese majeste.

A couple of days ago PPT posted on the “fake” royal health/regent statement where only one of the two suspects charged with lese majeste in connection with it was released on bail. The yellow-shirted ASTV/Manager editor Niran Yaowapha walked out of court, while the red shirt who posted the same “fake” announcement remained in jail.

This situation has now worsened, with this most recent example of lese majeste double standards reported at Prachatai.

A military court has now denied bail to red shirt Krit Bootdeejean who is accused of posting a “forged” royal statement despite his supporters posting the same bail that was put up for Niran.

The politicized military court reportedly gave two reasons for denying bail. First, the police failed to show up for the bail hearing. In fact, according to lawyers, police investigators had earlier testified to the court that the police would not oppose bail.

Second, as is usual – but not in Niran’s case – the court stated that “the case is serious since it involves the revered [sic.] institution [sic.] of the monarchy, so bail should not be granted due to the flight risk.” Presumably, Niran can’t fly.

Double standards rule.


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