Chainarin Nopchaloemroj and 13 others

112Chainarin Nopchaloemroj and 13 others are reported to have had lese majeste cases lodged against them. Chainarin was reportedly arrested on 17 November 2014 after a military raid.

It may be that these allegations are somehow related to a royal housecleaning, not least because it occurred at about the same time as the other princely purge.

We speculate in this way because the latest case involves Chainarin who is the Secretary-General of the Office of the Under Royal Graciousness, and stands accused of embezzling funds through a false royal project.The Office is an umbrella organization founded by M.L. Somlab Kritiyakorn and other members of the Kritiyakorn family in 2011. It was established to give support and implement royal initiatives. The Kritiyakorns are the queen’s family. If readers go the the Office’s website, they’ll find that not a single name is listed under the committees of the Office, suggesting a cleansing.

Chainarin was arrested after Somlab, a former Secretary-General of the Office of the Under Royal Graciousness, filed a lese majeste complaint against him.

The story is a little unclear on details, yet it appears that other complainants were Peuk Lerdswangpong, the head of the Rubber Holder Co-Operatives Federation of Thailand, two other individuals, and a prosecutor. It is reported that 13 other associates of Chainarin are included in the complaint. Chainarin and 13 other associates are accused of promoting a false royal project for personal economic gain.

Chainarin is accused of asking nearly a hundred high ranking officials, military bosses and businessmen to participate in a program called “Pillar of the Kingdom,” where participants were charged up to 100,000 baht (about $3,050) to join. The program was organized in May 2014. Some of those involved were Jeerasak Sukontachat, the permanent secretary of the Ministry of Labor, General Worapong Sanganetra, the deputy commander of the Thai Army, and Charun Inthachan, the president of the Constitutional Court. Each of these royalists was led to believe that the program was a part of the royal initiative and they felt driven to be a part, paying the large sum in order to be seen to be obedient royal flunkies.

Chainarin was convicted on 19 March 2015. It is unclear what has happened to the other 13. PPT has created another page under “Convictions” for Chainarin while keeping this entry for the other 13.

Media accounts  of the cases:

Prachatai, 19 March 2015: “Man sentenced to 2.5 years in jail for claiming monarchy in scam

Prachatai, 14 December 2014: “Man accused of lese majeste after claiming monarchy for scam

 

3 responses

28 12 2014
The prince’s lese majeste cases | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Suwadee (former Princess Srirasmi’s brother) and Sudathip Muangnual. This does not include Chainarin Nopchaloemroj and 13 others who seem involved in a related […]

19 03 2015
Royalist dispute leads to lese majeste and jail | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] reports that a military court has sentenced Chainarin Nopchaloemroj to five years in jail for lese majeste. He had been arrested on on 17 November 2014, denied bail […]

19 03 2015
Royalist dispute leads to lese majeste and jail | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] reports that a military court has sentenced Chainarin Nopchaloemroj to five years in jail for lese majeste. He had been arrested on on 17 November 2014, denied bail […]