Lese majeste indictments mount

5 08 2016

The junta’s lese majeste witch hunts have continued, somewhat behind the scenes, as the regime has worked to get its way on the referendum and the military’s charter. There have been several indictments in recent days.

Prachatai reports that a military prosecutor has indicted two anti-junta critics, charging them with lese majeste “in their private Facebook chat.”

On 2 August 2016, the military prosecutor officially “indicted Harit Mahaton and Natthika Worathaiwich, youth anti-junta critics, of offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code…”. They will face a military court and their trial will probably be conducted in secret.

They also face  charges under the 2007 Computer Crime Act, “a law against the importation of illegal information into the computer system.”

Surprisingly, the two were “released as the Military Court earlier granted them bail under 500,000 baht surety each.”

Meanwhile, The Guardian reports that Patnaree Chankij, “[t]he mother of a leading activist against the military junta in Thailand has been charged with insulting the country’s monarchy in a one-word Facebook post.”

The woman “was brought to a military court in Bangkok on Monday after the attorney general decided to press charges despite police saying earlier that they would not pursue the case.”

She was also released on bail.