Like almost all of the royalist regimes that have vigorously used the lese majeste law, Prayuth has decided to make claims that the law is required for “protecting the monarchy against defamation, as members of the Royal Family are unable to sue offenders themselves.”
The always doltish Prayuth also “said foreigners appeared to have no understanding about this law, stated in Article 112 of the Penal Code, despite repeated attempts to explain it to them.”
He added: “Every country has its own defamation laws. This is a defamation law for the monarchy. It’s because the monarchy cannot sue anyone. This law is for the protection of the monarchy against defamation…”.
The reason “foreigners” do not “understand” is because Prayuth’s explanation is clearly political and flawed.
For a start, the law has been extensively used against political opponents, to silence them.
But even if it were to be accepted that such expression was somehow defamatory of the world’s wealthiest royals, the fact is that there are currently quite a number of persons currently jailed, on the run or dead in custody who have been charged with lese majeste for things that would never be considered defamatory in any sensible place.
One was sentenced for speaking of a dead king. Some are facing charges now for allegedly plotting against an “event” not a person. Several of former Princess Srirasmi’s relatives, who served the monarchy, are jailed for all manner of crimes, none of them that should be considered lese majeste, even in Thailand’s weird world of monarchism. These include selling food to the palace at prices considered inflated! We could go on.
Defamation? Really? No. Prayuth is stupid and he thinks the rest of the world might be too. He certainly thinks Thais are a bunch of idiots.
As a footnote, Prayuth is also a nasty piece of work, as we know from his work and statements. He has further proven this by indicating that rights were of no concern for him and that he has no conception of these: “He did not think it was right for law violators to complain that their rights are infringed upon after they are arrested.”
Certainly, the two men who died in a military prison aren’t complaining about rights. They had none once they were arrested, disappeared, and then “suicided.” They have none in death, and Prayuth is probably happy and content that such “criminals” are dead, even if they were great supporters on the monarchy.