Lese majeste in temple dispute

8 04 2015

Lese majeste is a political crime and under the military dictatorship this use of the draconian law has been substantially enhanced. It has also been used to destroy the family of the estranged wife of Prince Vajiralongkorn. In he past, we have also noted the law being used for other personal disputes.

A recent instance that appears tho fit the personal category has been reported at The Nation. In that report, several complainants have gone to the police to urge them ” to investigate if a recent comment made to media by the Wat Kalayanamit’s chief adviser, Watchara Phromcharoen, violated the Criminal Code’s Section 112 regarding lese majeste.” Claiming to be descendents of the founders of Wat Kalayanamit in Thon Buri, some “30 residents presented to Bupparam police the evidence, including a CD record of the televised programme ‘Kom Chad Luek’ on Nation TV on March 19.”

Watchara was a phone-in guest who provided information about a temple restoration project, and claimed these were “carried out under the auspices of the Crown Property Bureau.” The police have been urged police to investigate if Watchara’s comment “was tantamount to lese majeste.”

Of course, the CPB is not included in the jurisdiction of the lese majeste law. But that doesn’t seem to bother the complainants. They are miffed because they say the “renovations at the temple destroy our good memories and the history of our family legacy so …[we] can’t accept it and will fight [via legal actions] until the end…”. Some of the temple’s residents have been fighting eviction. But does this warrant lese majeste accusations?

The Department of Fine Arts confirmed “that the temple’s renovation of four buildings – which had received DFA approval – was under Crown Property Bureau sponsorship since 2011 but he said the temple carried out renovation on 22 items in the compound. The DFA had filed 15 cases against it; 10 cases have been dropped by public prosecutors but five cases were ongoing. He said the DFA would ask the temple to demolish new unauthorised structures this month.” Renovation is currently postponed.

Lese majeste seems to be a law for all seasons, all disputes and all people. This is the result of monarchy madness and mad monarchists.


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9 04 2015
New province, new lese majeste accusations | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] reports another lese majeste complaint, that seem only a little different from the recently reported conflict at Wat Kalayanamit in Thon Buri in that a conflict that is also personalized becomes so bitter that the worse than […]

9 04 2015
New province, new lese majeste accusations | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] reports another lese majeste complaint, that seem only a little different from the recently reported conflict at Wat Kalayanamit in Thon Buri in that a conflict that is also personalized becomes so bitter that the worse than […]




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