Juvenile lese majeste

19 08 2017

A couple of days ago, when posting on the prosecutor of the Provincial Court in Phon District of Khon Kaen Province charging eight people with lese majeste for burning some royal portrait arches in the local area.

At that time, we stated a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly involved in the burnings. He was sent to the Department of Juvenile Observation and Protection for detention but there was no further information on him.

Now Reuters has reported on the boy:

A 14-year-old boy, along with 8 others, have been charged with royal defamation, a police officer in Khon Kaen province told Reuters on Friday.

The nine suspects were allegedly involved in setting fire to portraits of Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his father, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in several spots around the northeastern province of Khon Kaen in May.

If the juvenile court in Khon Kaen province accepts the case, it could become the first royal defamation case in the country for a person under the age of 15.

The military dictatorship seems determined to use lese majeste even against children.