Burning down the house III

17 08 2017

Prachatai reports that on 16 August 2017, the prosecutor of the Provincial Court in Phon District of Khon Kaen Province “has charged eight people of [lese majeste]… for burning royal arches.” They were arrested on 17 May 2017.

It is alleged that:

… six of the eight, who are between 18-20 years old of age, burned several arches erected in honour of the late King Bhumibol and King Vajiralongkorn in Chonnabot District of Khon Kaen on 3 May 2017. While the two other are accused allegedly preparing to burn another similar arch in Pueai Noi District.

In addition, they face charges of criminal association and destruction of public property.

It is reported that four have confessed and said they were hired and paid 200 baht each to burn the arch.

When arrested, a 14-year-old boy was “also allegedly involved in the burning…”. He was sent to the “Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection of the province for detention. At press time, there has been no information whether he has been released or still been detained.”


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