Update on Tom Dundee’s lese majeste case

23 06 2015

We are very grateful to Prachatai for its detailed report on Tom Dundee’s lese majeste case.

Tom (Thanat Thanawatcharanon) was accused of lese majeste on 30 August 2010 by the rabidly royalist Network of Volunteer Citizens to Protect the Monarchy. He was accused of this offense over a speech as a red shirt rally. He was charged following the 2014 military coup.

Almost nothing was heard about Tom or his case until June 2015. It seems he has been held in jail since being called in by the military junta. He recently appeared when he attended a military court to hear witnesses and evidence in his case. He has denied all charges and says that he will defend the case. This probably explains why he was held for so long – 11 months – in silence. The royalists demand that those who refuse to plead guilty are punished.

It is reported that the military court will hear witnesses in camera – in secret – on 4 August 2015. He faces at least two lese majeste charges, meaning he could face up to 30 years in jail if he is convicted. In almost all lese majeste cases, “if” is unheard of, as almost everyone charged is convicted.