At Prachatai it is reported that a military court has “granted bail to a man with psychosis symptoms accused of lese majeste for submitting a statement calling for removal … of government officials.”
This is after the man, named as 41 year-old Prajakchai, from Srisaket, has spent 241 days in the Bangkok Remand Prison after his arrest on 19 February 2015.
Exactly how calling for the removal of “high-ranking” government officials constitutes lese majeste is unclear in the report. It is stated that Prajakchai had traveled to Government House “and submitted a request to have government officials removed from their posts…”. Prachatai adds that:
In Thailand, the King’s autograph is required in the documents issued to appoint high-ranking civil servants and government officials to their posts.
Exactly how calling for their removal constitutes lese majeste is unclear in the report. We guess that, in the warped minds minds of mad monarchists, almost anything can be construed as lese majeste. It seems that the descent into feudal mindsets has been accelerated in recent years as it is reported that:
According to iLaw, an internet based rights advocacy group, Prajakchai had submitted similar statements for more than 20 times since 1992, but the security guards of the Government House never allowed him access into the House. He was arrested, but was later released once for his action before being charged with the lese majeste law.
At his trial on 15 October 2015, “a psychiatrist from Galya Rajanagarindra Institute in Bangkok who examined Prajakchai, testified that it is clear that the suspect has psychosis symptoms and is unfit to stand trials.” His family say Prajakchai has suffered “mental illness since he was a teenager.”
The military court ruled that it could pause “the lese majeste trial against Prajakchai … in accordance [with] … Article 14 of the Criminal Procedure Act. However, the judges said that it is only temporary since the case is severe because it is related to the revered Thai monarchy.”
On 16 October 2015, the military court granted bail, set at 100,000 baht and he was bailed the following day.
The court’s comment that the mentally ill are a threat to the monarchy is, in our view, yet another demonstration of a collective royalist psychosis that requires treatment.
Abolish the feudal law.