Blocking and needling Prayuth

7 09 2015

The Bangkok Post has two lese majeste reports today.

The first report is about the military state blocking websites it considers are trying to “undermine the monarchy.” The report states that an additional “143 … websites were found to have lese majeste content and have been blocked…”. These sites are said to have “a total of 5,258 pages…”.

The report is by the creepy old anti-communist Internal Security Operations Command and said MICT “had blockedĀ  3,426 of the page URLs associated with the websites…”. Not sure what happened to the other 1,800 pages.

The ISOC report was about “operations to safeguard and cherish the monarchy was presented to a meeting of army commanders of all levels chaired by Gen Udomdej Sitabutr…”.

The second report is bizarre on several levels. It tells readers that Thanadej Puangpoon of Lighthouse Lawyer Service Co, claimed to be a former United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship lawyer, has called on the “police chief Somyot Pumpunmuang to prosecute Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on lese majeste charges for invoking Section 44 of the interim constitution to strip Thaksin Shinawatra of his police rank.”

Lawyer Thanadej claims “Section 28 of the 2004 National Police Act stipulated that removing the rank of a commissioned police officer must be carried out in accordance with the RTP regulations and under … the King’s endorsement.” He reckons that using Article 44 constitutes lese majeste.

We are not planning to add this oddity to our lists at PPT. Still, in a land where lese majeste is so widely used, anything improbable is oddly possible.


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