Sulak charged

9 10 2017

Just a couple of days ago, we posted on the absurd case  of the aged Sulak Sivaraksa, accused of lese majeste in 2014 for questioning the accuracy of accounts about King Naresuan some 400 years ago. Yes, that’s four centuries.

Today it is reported that “[p]olice escorted Sulak Sivaraksa to the Bangkok military court on Monday where he was officially charged with insulting the monarchy.”

Sulak said “he had no idea why the case was going ahead now, so long after his speech.”

The article makes the obvious point about this mad case:

Lese majeste is punishable by three to 15 years in prison. The law only mentions the top members of the royal family, and doesn’t appear to mention dead monarchs, but in practice the rules are often more widely interpreted.

Sulak’s lawyer is reported to have said that it was “up to each individual’s interpretation” on whether dead kings are protected by the lese majeste law.

We have no way of knowing if the lawyer was accurately reported. However, it should be made clear that the law, as it is written in the Criminal Code is clear. The law does not cover dead kings.

Stating that the law is “up to each individual’s interpretation” is an egregious acceptance of the military regime’s and the justice system’s lawlessness.

This is no “interpretation” of a law by learned justices. It is a mangling of the law by junta underlings who make up “law” for political purpose.


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