Asawin (family name withheld)

112.jpgPrachatai mentioned a case PPT had not previously heard of when it listed Asawin (family name withheld) as likely to appear in Chiang Mai Court in February 2013 “to face accusations by an acquaintance of making lèse majesté remarks.”

The case was eventually heard and a verdict given, probably on 13 December 2013 in Chiang Mai. It involved Mr. Asawin (surname withheld) who is “alleged of claiming the name of His Majesty the King in business dealing.” Asawin contests the charge, claiming that “he has been falsely implicated by rival business owners.” The defendant was acquitted due to a lack of substantial evidence, but the prosecution appealed.

The Appeals Court on reversed a not guilty verdict on on 15 July 2014 and sentenced Asawin to five years jail.

Asawin (last name withheld) was sued by Sakawdeun Chariyakornkul, who claimed to be the owner of a resort which she sold to the defendant. Asawin testified “that he and Sakawdeun had a business conflict prior to the case and there were already several lawsuits between them on issues such as fraud and trespass.” Sakawdeun, threatened Asawin with sabotage and thugs and refused to hand over the land title deed for the resort and  accused him “of defaming the Crown Prince and the King. She cited evidence alleging that Assawin claimed to be friends with HM King, and intended to develop a pond area in the resort to be a residence for the King.” It was also “alleged that Assawin cited the King as saying that the resort area is beautiful and suitable as the King’s residence, and that Assawin asked her whether she would present the resort house as a gift to the King.”

Asawin repeatedly denied the charges, “saying that he had the utmost respect for the monarchy, while his relatives testified in court that their family, the Bunnag, had served the Chakri dynasty since the reigns of King Rama IV and V.” None of this seemed to sway the post-coup court and he was convicted.

Media accounts of Aswin’s case:

Prachatai, 16 July 2014: “Appeal court reverses verdict, sentences Chiang Mai businessman to 5 years for lèse majesté

Prachatai, 1 December 2012: “Updates on lèse majesté and computer crime cases

5 responses

5 12 2012
Lese majeste not forgotten « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Aswin (family name withheld) […]

5 12 2012
Lese majeste not forgotten « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] lese majeste/computer crimes cases: Akechai Hongkangwarn, Amnuay Kaewchomphu, Anek Chaichana, Aswin (family name withheld), The Bangkok 19, Bundith Arniya, Anthony Chai, Chanin Khlaikhlung, Chucheep […]

11 12 2013
Lese majeste this week | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] third case is to be heard on 13 December in Chiang Mai. It involves Mr. Asawin (surname withheld) who is “alleged of claiming the name of His Majesty the King in business dealing.” […]

11 12 2013
Lese majeste this week | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] third case is to be heard on 13 December in Chiang Mai. It involves Mr. Asawin (surname withheld) who is “alleged of claiming the name of His Majesty the King in business dealing.” Asawin […]

16 07 2014
Lese majeste madness | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Asawin (family name withheld) was first reported as likely to appear in Chiang Mai Court in February 2013 “to face accusations by an acquaintance of making lèse majesté remarks.” […]




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