Lese majeste trials go forward

10 02 2017

In yet another in-camera court meeting, on 10 February 2017, Jatuphat Boonpattararaksa has been indicted under the lese majeste law and the Computer Crimes Act.

It should be recalled that Pai, and anti-junta activist, is one of several thousand who reposted a BBC Thai news report on King Vajiralongkorn.

He is being singled out and framed by the junta and palace because he is a political activist and to send a powerful message that the king’s personal life has to be sanitized for Thais.

Pai was yet again refused bail.

Supporters, denied access to the trial stated: “The judicial system behind us is not independent and just.”

Meanwhile, the lese majeste trial of Sao Saengmuang began in a military court on 9 February 2017.

A lawyer from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) “submitted a letter to the authorities suggesting that the suspect should not be indicted due to his psychosis…”.

However, “military prosecutors indicted him after psychiatrists from the Galya Rajanagarindra Institute in Bangkok concluded in December 2015 that Sao is fit to stand trial in a military court after he was sent to the Institute for a psychiatric evaluation.”

Sao was arrested following a complaint by staff of the Supreme Court where Sao had tried to make a complaint:

His complaint stated that controversial former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra had misallocated the property of the late King Bhumibol. He claimed that he was in charge of managing 7 billion baht (196 million USD)….

He still claims to be able to contact Thaksin by telepathy through a TV and maintains that his claims about the King’s property are true.

The military prosecutors decided to use lese majeste because Sao’s “complaint contained references to the Thai Monarchy and were defamatory to the late King.”

The military court has scheduled the next trial on the case on 25 May 2017.

This is one of several cases where the mentally ill have been charged and/or convicted of lese majeste.