Pending & acquitted cases

Click on the names below for information about lese majeste and other related cases under the Computer Crimes Act that have been followed by PPT and other sites. PPT acknowledges that this is a limited listing. We also acknowledge that it includes some cases where we remain unsure of the outcome as the case has not been further reported in the media.

There are no accurate figure on how many have been charged under these draconian laws. 2010 estimates were that there have been more than 300 cases since the 2006 palace-military coup. In mid-2012, an Amnesty International representative stated that it “is very hard to say the exact number detained under the lese-majeste laws,” and went on to refer to “tens of people.”

The 2014 coup saw a massive spike in lese majeste cases. It is now calculated that the period since the May 2014 military coup has seen more lese majeste cases than ever before under any government in Thailand.

Cases are seldom dropped outright, not least because prosecutors themselves worry about being charged with lese majeste for dropping a case:

Akradej E. (family name withheld)

Amnuay Kaewchomphu (passed away in New York in early 2015)

Robert Amsterdam (in the U.K.)

Anchan P. (family name withheld; allegedly a part of the Banpot network)

Anek Chaichana

Apichart Pongsawat

Apiwan Wiriyachai (passed away in exile)

“Aree Redshirt”

Aum Neko (nickname; fled Thailand)

The Bangkok 18 19 (Weng Tojirakarn, Nattawut Saikua, Korkaew Pikulthong, Thida Tawornsate Tojirakarn, Karun Hosakul, Yoswaris Chuklom, Wiputhalaeng Pattanaphumthai, Veera Musigapong, Chinawat Haboonpat, Wichian Kaokham, Suporn Atthawong, Kwanchai Sarakham (Praiphana), Nisit Sinthuprai, Prasit Chaisisa, Worawut Wichaidit, Laddawan Wongsriwong, Jatuporn Promphan and Somchai Paiboon with Payap Panket added later)

Bike for Dad Plotters (1, 3, or 9 “plotters” may have been charged)

Bundith Arniya

Burin Intin

Anthony Chai (in the U.S.)

Chaida Bunyothin and Parichat Klinsrisuk

Chainarin Nopchaloemroj and 13 others

Chakarn Phakphoom

Chanin Khlaikhlung (reportedly fled Thailand)

Chatwadee Rose Amornpat (in the U.K.)

Chotechuang Khongkaew

Chotisak Onsoong and one other (case dropped in July 2012)

Chucheep Chivasut (in hiding?)

Chuphong Thithuan (in hiding)

Community Radio Station 10

Ekaphop Luera (or Tang Acheewa, in New Zealand as a political refugee)

Giles Ji Ungpakorn (in the U.K.)

Jonathan Head (case appears to have been dropped)

Jakrapob Penkair (case reportedly dropped in mid-2012)

Jamroen S.

Jaran Ditapichai (in exile)

Jatuporn Promphan (case reportedly dropped in mid-2012)

Jirawong Wattanathewasilp

Jitra Kotchadej

Jitsanu Promsorn (this name appears in UN documents; see Pitsanu Promsorn)

Kamonthat Thanathornkhositjira

Kampan Boonyued, Sarawut Nuanponkrang and Arun Akarapridi

Kanyaphak Manichak (DJ Om)

Kasit Piromya (case appears to have been dropped)

Khachachart Boondee (reportedly fled Thailand)

Kitti Sansukrojwong

Krisada S. (family name withheld)

Kokaew Phikulthong

Manoon Chaichana (see Anek Chaichana)

Andrew MacGregor Marshall (lives outside Thailand)

Monta Yokrattanakan (Montra or Ying Kai)

Montri Sotangkul

Nahathai Tanya

Natthakarn Sakuldarachat

Nattathida Meewangpla

Noppawan Tangudomsuk (arrested 30 Jan 2009, acquitted 31 Jan 2011, appealed and found guilty 2 Oct 2013; appealed and acquitted 20 Oct 2015)

Nopporn Suppipat (fled Thailand)

Norawase Yospiyasathien

Richard Lloyd Parry (case seems to have been dropped)

Patnaree Chankij

Pattani man (all names are unknown)

Patthapol Uttarat

Pavin Chachavalpongpun (in exile in Japan)

Phenwat Wattapongsirikul

Pisek Sanittangkul (left Thailand)

Pitsanu Promsorn (in hiding)

Prajakchai (family name witheld)

Praphat Darasawang

Prasert Prakoonsuksapan

Preecha Daradrai

Ratchanon B.

Rung Sila or Sirapop

Sirindhorn 4

Sombat Boonngamanong

Somsak Jeamteerasakul (fled overseas following 2014 coup)

Somsak Siriyakom

Suchart Prommai (fled Thailand)

Sulak Sivaraksa (several cases over several decades)

Suporn Atthawong

Surapak Puchaisaeng (acquitted)

Suraphot Thawisak (while local police have reportedly decided not to pursue this case, the case remains pending a higher-level decision)

Suthep Thaugsuban (case appears to have been dropped)

Taworn Puangpratoom

Thaksin Shinawatra (in self-imposed exile)

Thanakorn Siripaiboon

Thanapol Bamrungsri (bailed)

Thanapol Eawsakul (case investigated but not filed)

Thiranan Vipuchanun, Khatha Pachachirayapong, Somjet Itthiworakul and Thatsaporn Rattanawongsa – the Royal Health Rumor 4 (bailed)

Thossaporn Ruethaiprasertsung

Veera Musigapong

Wichian Kaokham

Wiphat Raksakunthai – also rendered as Wipas Raksakulthai (bailed)

Wiset Pichitlamkhen

Withawat Thaokhamlue

Wuthipong Kachathamakul (Ko Tee)

Y. (name witheld)

Yuttapoom Martnork (acquitted after spending a year in jail and being denied bail three times)

Watchara Phromcharoen

Watt Wallayangoon

Wichai Thepphong

Worapon Mawimon

13 executive committee members of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (case seems to have been dropped)

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21 02 2009
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14 04 2009
Thailand’s democratic crisis. By Tyrell Haberkorn « Kanan48

[…] (which contributed to his release); but many more such cases of lese-majesté being prosecuted or investigated in 2009 of which Thais themselves are the main […]

25 04 2009
Thailand’s democratic crisis-openDemocracy « FACT - Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] (which contributed to his release); but many more such cases of lese-majesté being prosecuted or investigated in 2009 of which Thais themselves are the main […]

10 05 2009
15 05 2009
22 09 2009
Royal insults get Darunee 18 years-Bloomberg « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] after he pleaded guilty to doctoring photos of the king and posting them on the Internet. Almost a dozen lese majeste cases are under investigation, including against a BBC journalist, an anti-government […]

24 09 2009
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29 12 2009
รัฐบาลเกรดเฟ้อ ตอน ๒ « Liberal Thai

[…] – ดูรายชื่อได้จากที่นี่ ในปี ๒๕๕๓ […]

31 12 2009
3 03 2010
Arrest warrant sought for Sondhi Limthongkul « GJBKK Blog

[…] list of pending cases is available here and a recently convicted list is available here. Possibly related posts: (automatically […]

12 03 2010
17 03 2010
US claims no Thai political prisoners!-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] Charnchoengsilpakul? What about Suwicha Thakor?  What about Boonyuen Prasertying? What about the many others who have been threatened and intimidated with possible charges of lese majeste or computer […]

18 04 2010
30 04 2010
15 06 2010
16 06 2010
Jitsanu Promsorn a lese majeste suspect? « Politicalprisonersofthailand's Blog

[…] has to note that we have no other information on this case, but we’ve added to our Pending Cases page. We are aware that the UN report got some names wrong. If readers know more, let us […]

19 06 2010
Kasit and lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending cases […]

20 06 2010
Kasit and lese majeste « Politicalprisonersofthailand's Blog

[…] has added Kasit Piromya to our list of Pending Cases of lese majeste. We have done this because he is the subject of a Puea Thai Party complaint to the […]

15 07 2010
31 08 2010
24 09 2010
Another Thai performed charged with lèse majesté-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] the plot to overthrow the monarchy…”, meaning that Tom joins PPT’s ever growing list of pending cases. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Thai monarchy in danger?-PPTParty leader and […]

12 11 2010
Additions to PPT « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending cases […]

29 11 2010
Suchart Nakbangsai has been convicted | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prisoners in Thailand Skip to content HomeAbout usPending casesConvictionsCommentaryTake Action ← Abhisit puts on a brave face […]

22 02 2011
The missing headline: Lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prisoners in Thailand Skip to content HomeAbout usPending casesConvictionsCommentaryTake Action ← Red shirt leaders bailed February […]

15 03 2011
Thai Webmaster gets 13 years « GJBKK Blog

[…] trial in Thailand today. Political Prisoners in Thailand have a list of some of the pending cases here and a list of some of those convicted of this evil law here here. Tags: Abhisit Vejjajiva, […]

20 03 2011
Yet another lese majeste arrest | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prisoners in Thailand Skip to content HomeAbout usPending casesConvictionsCommentaryTake Action ← Cleansing the Democrat Party March […]

12 04 2011
Army chief accuses red shirt leaders of lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prisoners in Thailand Skip to content HomeAbout usPending casesConvictionsCommentaryTake Action ← Updated: Screwing refugees April […]

18 04 2011
18 red shirts charged with lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prisoners in Thailand Skip to content HomeAbout usPending casesConvictionsCommentaryTake Action ← More lese majeste accusations […]

25 04 2011
Intimidation of Somsak Jeamteersakul

[…] prosecution of Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul. The case against Chiranuch Premchaiporn. The list of pending cases under both laws […]

7 08 2011
Ji on the shame of Kasetsart University | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prisoners in Thailand Skip to content HomeAbout usPending casesConvictionsCommentaryTake Action ← Wikileaks, palace and the coup II […]

28 08 2011
The Bangkok Post on lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prisoners in Thailand Skip to content HomeAbout usPending casesConvictionsCommentaryTake Action ← Pressure August 28, 2011 · 1:59 […]

29 08 2011
Anthony Chai’s case | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prisoners in Thailand Skip to content HomeAbout usPending casesConvictionsCommentaryTake Action ← A letter from Somyos’ prison cell […]

21 09 2011
Lighter posting | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Prisoners in Thailand Skip to content HomeAbout usPending casesConvictionsCommentaryTake Action ← Lese majeste cases to be reviewed Baby […]

21 09 2011
Lese Majeste cases « The Librarian of Bangkok Prison

[…] under Lese Majeste is not known, estimated at 300 since the 2006 coup. Here is a list of the 60 known cases currently detained and 13 known convictions. Share […]

6 12 2011
SMS vs. the King « Digital Frontiers

[…] the 2006 military coup, the organization ThaiPoliticalPrisoners estimates more than 300 cases of lese majeste have been brought in Thailand, and untold tens of […]

20 02 2012
20 02 2012
Abhisit and his political use of the monarchy « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] was the Democrat Party-led government of 2008-11 that used lese majeste and computer crimes laws with gay abandon, accusing, charging and jailing more people than any […]

23 04 2012
4 07 2012
Lese majeste updates « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending cases […]

4 07 2012
Lese majeste updates « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] might be interested in several updates PPT has made to our lese majeste cases pending and convictions pages. Most of these updated were using information from a Time Up Thailand report. […]

11 10 2012
Prachatai reveals a lese majeste case II « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending & acquitted cases […]

11 10 2012
Prachatai reveals a lese majeste case II « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] has added this prosecution to our list of pending cases. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrStumbleUponLinkedInPinterestRedditDiggEmailPrintLike this:LikeBe […]

12 10 2012
PPT quiet? « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending & acquitted cases […]

12 10 2012
PPT quiet? « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] doing other long overdue things. Essentially, we have been renovating the site’s information on pending lese majeste cases and  lese majeste convictions. At present we are about halfway through this […]

13 10 2012
Lese majeste cases updated « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending & acquitted cases […]

13 10 2012
Lese majeste cases updated « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] has completed the updating of the cases we have posted at our pendinglese majeste cases. In summary, these are the cases we updated or cases we added from information […]

31 10 2012
Filtering at the Legal Layer | lindsay beck

[…] The Thai Computer Crimes Act and lèse majesté have come under strong criticism for their infringement on rights to free expression by Committee to Protect Journalists, Freedom House, and Reporters without Borders. In recent years, there has been no shortage of individuals who have been persecuted for violation of Thai Computer Crimes Act and lèse majesté. […]

10 09 2013
Yingluck dissembles on lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending & acquitted cases […]

10 09 2013
Yingluck dissembles on lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] to receive legal assistance,” this is simply a bizarre nonsense as any reading of our lists of pending and convicted cases […]

5 12 2013
Lese majeste law a cruel farce | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending & acquitted cases […]

5 12 2013
Lese majeste law a cruel farce | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] People are still charged and an unknown number remain in jail. […]

21 09 2014
21 09 2014
Lese majeste and the degradation of the rule of law | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] amongst the plethora of convictions and continuing cases, two of the most egregious are those of Darunee Charnchoensilpakul and  Somyos Prueksakasemsuk. […]

31 01 2015
Lese majeste cases updated | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending & acquitted cases […]

31 01 2015
Lese majeste cases updated | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] charges and jailings is challenging, and PPT has been trying to keep our ever-lengthening pages on cases and convictions up-to-date. We’ve made several changes to both pages in recent […]

10 02 2015
Lese majeste case dismissed | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending & acquitted cases […]

10 02 2015
Lese majeste case dismissed | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] bizarre was this case, that PPT didn’t even put it up on our Pending Cases page. We could not see how any judge could take it seriously, even if some military dolts […]

6 01 2016
Lese majeste repression continues in 2016 | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending & acquitted cases […]

6 01 2016
Lese majeste repression continues in 2016 | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] have been charged with the lese majeste under the junta. We think this is also an underestimate of those accused/charged and those […]

20 07 2016
The Lady Kai case | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Pending & acquitted cases […]

20 07 2016
The Lady Kai case | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] posted a couple of weeks ago on the “Ying Kai” or Montra Yokrattanakan (“Monta” in some reports) case. She’s a “socialite,” who was reported as being […]