Police claim tho have arrested the man behind a famous internet alias who regularly published audio clips that criticized the Thai Royal Family. “Banpodj” or “Banpot” or sometimes “Bunpot.”
Hasadin is aged 64, and was arrested at a hotel in downtown Bangkok.
PPT has to say that we always thought Banpot was broadcasting from a site outside Thailand. According to police, they and military officers raided Hasadin’s house in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit area and confiscated evidence that links him to “Banpodj.”
The police claim Hasadin did not work alone. We have a page on the Banpot 6-cum-14. The police also claim that:
Banpodj is like a large production house that produced and sold anti-monarchy CDs. It receives an income of around 100,000 baht per month…. They work like a network. We will coordinate with the Anti-Money Laundering Office to trace their financial trail, freeze their assets, and prosecute other people who are involved or lend their support to the Banpodj network.
Hasadin was held at a northern Bangkok army camp.Police claimed he is a red shirt activist.
He was sentenced to 10 years jail for lese majeste.
Media accounts of Hasadin’s case:
Prachatai, 29 December 2015: “Military court sends elderly man to 4 years in jail over lèse majesté audio clips”
VOA, 14 July 2015: “Thai Court Jails 10 for Online Videos Insulting Monarchy”
AP, 14 July 2015: “Thai court jails 10 for online videos insulting the monarchy”
Prachatai, 14 July 2015: “Military court sends 8 to jail for 5 years for lèse majesté”
Bangkok Post, 12 February 2015:”Banpodj’s ‘boss’ said he acted alone”
Khaosod, 11 February 2015: “Police Arrest Suspected Anti-Royal Broadcaster“
Prachatai, 2 February 2015: “Police arrest 6 suspects in the alleged online lese majeste network“