More on lese majeste cases

28 12 2015

red candleAs usual, it is Prachatai doing the hard work on reporting lese majeste cases. In two reports earlier today, it details two cases, one well-known and the other unknown until now.

The first case is that of factory worker Thanakorn Siripaiboon, accused in a military court of mocking Thong Daeng, the king’s favorite bitch, now dead. (We are sure that the military dictatorship will arrange a suitably grand and taxpayer-funded funeral for the dead dog.)

The military court refused bail for a second time on 25 December 2015, and allowed police to detain him “for a second period of 12 days with the possibility of further extensions.” Bail was refused because of “the severity of the case, as it is related to national security and the … monarchy, and flight risk. ”

The second case involves a young man identified by the pseudonym Oh, from Ubol. who has been in jail for 18 months of a 15 year sentence. He was originally arrested in March 2012 and granted bail. His case was reactivated after the 2014 coup.  Oh was charged for” 9 Facebook posts or 9 offences of defaming, insulting or threatening the monarchy” and was sentenced under both Article 112 and the Computer Crimes Act. Oh and his family claim that he committed the alleged offenses under pressure from a state spy.



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