Papatchanan Ching-in

daengarrestPapatchanan Ching-in was convicted of lese majeste on 16 December 2010. She appealed the case and her bail request was granted. In late August 2013, the Supreme Court turned down her appeal.

She was originally charged on 24 April 2009, in the northeastern province of Nakorn Ratchasima.

Papatchanan  is a red shirt and leader of a group that staged a protest against Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanond, PAD and the government by burning a mock coffin at the  Tao Suranari statue, reported to police after arrest warrant had been issued for her by the provincial court.

She and her friends were accused of lese majeste following their 7 April demonstration where the coffin reportedly included an attached message referring to Prem by a royal prefix Pra Ong Than, meant to mock Prem and PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul who first used the term. The coffin also carried images of Prem and Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

Police said that charges had been filed by a military officer, Col Weerapattarapol Bunchiaw, attached to Army Region 2 and by PAD members, claiming “lèse majesté, violations of national security under Criminal Code Articles 113, 114 and 115, and defamation under Article 326.” Papatchanan denied the charges and was released on bail until convicted.

Papatchanan, also known as Daeng, has previously accused others of lese majeste.

No charges were laid against Papatchanan’s friends, who were not identified by the police and had not been located by the time she was convicted.

The Nakhon Ratchasima Provincial Court sentenced Papatchanan to three years in jail. According to Prachatai (17 December 2010): “According to the court, during a protest on 7 April 2009, Papatchanan and other red shirts brought a mock coffin with a message which read ‘Phra Ong Than’ in the top line, and ‘Gen Prem…’ and ‘Died 8 April 2009’ in the following lines. Papatchanan poured gasoline on the coffin and burned it. The court said that the word ‘Phra Ong Than’ referred to HM the King who is most revered by the people. The defendant, therefore, was found guilty under Sections 83 and 112 of the Criminal Code for conspiring with others to commit the crime of lèse majesté.”

Her crime appears to have involved referring to General Prem by the same royal prefix in a way that mocked “what was believed to be PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul’s slip of the tongue when he routinely appeared on his ASTV programme on 3 Apr 2009, saying, ‘…the yellow shirts come out to protect Gen Prem, as Phra Ong Than is President of the Privy Council’.” See this clip:

The Supreme Court agreed with the lower courts and convicted her of charges that are essentially illegal and unconstitutional.

News about Papatchanan’s case:

Khaosod, 30 August 2013: “Redshirt Jailed For Insulting King’s Privy Councillor

Prachatai, 17 December 2010: “Red shirt in Korat gets three years for lèse majesté”

Prachatai, 26 April 2009: “Red-shirts in Khorat charged with lèse majesté for burning coffin in protest against Prem”)

Korat Post, 26 April 2009 has the headline and photos (after 26 April, look at archived headlines).

10 responses

10 05 2009
New: Frank Anderson on lèse majesté « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] points to the most recent case of Papatchanan Ching-in and notes: “The crux of the matter in Chingin’s case is whether the Thai courts will view […]

17 12 2010
Lese majeste conviction in Korat | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Lese majeste conviction in Korat Prachatai reports that Papatchanan Ching-in on 16 December 2010 was found guilty of lese majeste. Papatchanan or Daeng, has been on PPT’s list of pending cases on lese majeste since April 2009. Unfortunately, her case is now moved to be added to the list of those convicted. […]

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

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

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30 08 2013
Hopeless on 112 | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Ong Than,” meant to mock Prem and PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul who first used the term (see here). The coffin carried images of Prem and […]

30 08 2013
Hopeless on 112 | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] “Pra Ong Than,” meant to mock Prem and PAD leader Sondhi Limthongkul who first used the term (see here). The coffin carried images of Prem and […]

16 09 2013
Visiting a lese majeste prisoner | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] reported last week on a group of about 100 red shirts visiting Papatchanan Ching-in who is imprisoned in Nakorn Ratchasima for lese majeste. The group was reportedly “led by Mr. […]

16 09 2013
Visiting a lese majeste prisoner | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] reported last week on a group of about 100 red shirts visiting Papatchanan Ching-in who is imprisoned in Nakorn Ratchasima for lese majeste. The group was reportedly “led by Mr. […]

17 11 2013
Strange decisions II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] the law or the threat of the law has been used to silence critics and has seemingly been applied to privy councilors and princesses outside the law (see several items […]

17 11 2013
Strange decisions II | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] the law or the threat of the law has been used to silence critics and has seemingly been applied to privy councilors and princesses outside the law (see several items […]