Ying Kai update

29 09 2016

The Bangkok Post reports that Ying Kai or Montra Yokrattanakan appeared in court on 29  September 2016 on a lese majeste charge.

She entered a not guilty plea in the Criminal Court, which set 21 November “for a preliminary hearing to examine evidence and witness lists after the 56-year-old affirmed her innocence and said she would defend herself in court.”Monta

Ying Kai was reportedly “arraigned on Wednesday for insulting the royal institution in allegedly telling other people she was a khunying, a title bestowed by His Majesty the King, and was close to the royal institution.”

It is unclear which royal or royals she claimed to be “close” with. The alleged claims are said to be false and “used to seek undue favours and benefits,” which is what those close to royals tend to do.

As usual in lese majeste cases, the court rejected her bail request.

The woman has also been charged with lodging false complaints, human trafficking and defamation, all of them currently still under police investigation.