Lese majeste cases have been getting stranger and stranger over the years. Dead kings, dead royal dogs and more are now “protected.”
Yet the Prachatai report today of “[m]ilitary prosecutors [having] indicted suspects of the alleged Bike for Dad terrorist plot with the lèse majesté law while the suspects plead innocent” is one of the strangest.
The report states that the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) lawyer Benjarat Meetian visited the suspects – Nattapon Na-wanlae, Wanlop Boonchan and Weerachai Chaboonmee – on 23 February 2016. They are held at the military’s remand facility in the 11th Military Circle base.
The lawyer told the men that of the judge advocate of the military prosecutor’s office indicted them of offenses under Article 112 of the Criminal Code and Article 14 of the Computer Crime Act for allegedly contacting each other online while planning to stage an attack on the Bike for Dad parade, organized in the the name of Prince Vajiralongkorn to honor his ailing father.
The claim is that the three were engaged in a terrorist plot. They have been detained since late November 2015. They were linked to another unproven “plot” called the Khon Kaen Model.
At the time of their arrest, it was stated that the three planned to assassinate The Dictator.Yes, we realize he isn’t covered by the lese majeste law, but it seems that along with disintegrated corpses and dogs, “events” are now covered by the lese majeste law.
The men are detained in illegal circumstances by the military and the military restricts access by lawyers.
Our search suggests that not all of these three have been mentioned in the case previously.