Sulak and lese majeste

4 07 2015

Sulak Sivaraksa has a long history of confrontation with military regimes and, not unrelated, being handed lese majeste charges. Sulak is a self-professed royalist who has faced at least five lese majeste charges. He is a long-time conservative critic of the lese majeste law and of this king.

SulakIt was reported that Sulak could face a sixth lese majeste charge for comments made in a panel discussion on the anniversary of the end of absolute monarchy. The discussion was organized by Rangsit University’s Faculty of Economics and the Heroes of Democracy Foundation. Police were reported to be investigating and had summoned “witnesses” to the speech Sulak delivered on 22 June.

Sulak declared that “arresting him unfairly would signal the downfall of this government, adding that this move was likely politically motivated.” He says he has previously “praised” The Dictator and the junta for not having summoned him earlier. Sulak says General Prayuth Chan-ocha “is patient…”. He says this because he reckons “that hawkish men in his contingent are now telling him to deal with me, much in the manner of slaughtering a chicken to set an example to the monkeys, by using the lese majeste law against me.”

He warned: “If I am arrested, nothing will be easy for the NCPO…”.

Sulak is under scrutiny because he “had provided shelter to the 14 students in Bangkok for two nights before they were arrested last Friday for voicing their anti-coup sentiments.”

 


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24 08 2015
Sulak’s latest lese majeste case and its investigation | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Back in early July we posted on another lese majeste complaint against the well-known conservative s…. We listed this as being perhaps the sixth lese majeste case brought against him. for comments at a seminar commemorating the anniversary of the overthrow of the absolute monarchy in 1932. […]

24 08 2015
Sulak’s latest lese majeste case and its investigation | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Back in early July we posted on another lese majeste complaint against the well-known conservative s…. We listed this as being perhaps the sixth lese majeste case brought against him. for comments at a seminar commemorating the anniversary of the overthrow of the absolute monarchy in 1932. […]




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