Palace official arrested on lese majeste

11 06 2015

As posted yesterday, Montri Sotangkul, aged 53, and a senior palace official of the Royal Household Bureau, was accused of lese majeste.

Montri stands accused of lese majeste because he allegedly claimed that he was close to members of the royal family – presumably Prince Vajiralongkorn and then Princess Srirasmi – to make personal profit in land and business deals. Police claimed that Montri had nothing to do with the prince and was totally associated with Srirasmi.

Today both AFP and AP carry reports that refer to the arrest of Montri. Both seem to accept that Montri worked solely for Srirasmi. AFP states that Montri is the “latest ally of the disgraced princess to be arrested in a rare public airing of palace intrigue that has seen at least eight of Srirasmi’s direct relatives jailed, including her elderly parents.” In fact, some 30 persons seem to be doing jail time for lese majeste based on the prince’s disposal of his third wife.

It is added that Montri had “continued to work at the palace after Srirasmi’s downfall in December…”, suggesting he wasn’t simply one of her people.

Montri is reported to have “arrived at Thailand’s police headquarters handcuffed and dressed in civilian clothes, after palace officials handed him over to the police.” He acknowledged the charges against him.

As usual, the police opposed bail “because Montri was considered a flight risk…”.

That’s “normal” procedure, and if things go as they have for the other couple of dozen, we can expect that Montri will plead guilty in order to avoid a lengthy trial and will get 4-5 years, reduced by half for the guilty plea.


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13 06 2015
Lese majeste farce continues | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] In an earlier post on Montri Sotangkul‘s fate, caught up in the future monarch’s purge of the royal household staff considered close to former wife Srirasmi, we predicted that, like the other couple of dozen similarly purged, Montri will plead guilty in order to avoid a lengthy trial and will get 4-5 years, reduced by half for the guilty plea. […]

13 06 2015
Lese majeste farce continues | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] In an earlier post on Montri Sotangkul‘s fate, caught up in the future monarch’s purge of the royal household staff considered close to former wife Srirasmi, we predicted that, like the other couple of dozen similarly purged, Montri will plead guilty in order to avoid a lengthy trial and will get 4-5 years, reduced by half for the guilty plea. […]

19 10 2015
More household cleansing | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] and relationships with the prince’s household (amongst all the posts at the time, see here, here, here, here, there, here and also […]

19 10 2015
More household cleansing | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] and relationships with the prince’s household (amongst all the posts at the time, see here, here, here, here, there, here and also […]




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