Anek Chaichana

Anek Chaichana / เอนก ชัยชนะ is in the U.S., where some call him the “king of Thai noodles” because of his ownership of a number of noodle shops on the west coast.

According to Matichon, he has been charged with lese majeste (Special Case / คดีพิเศษที่ 41/54) accused of producing video and audio content defaming the king or holding him in contempt in 2010. He is believed to be a U.S. citizen. His charges seem to relate to a weekly news broadcast he made that was very popular for a time. His family in Thailand has been harassed. Some of his past broadcasts are available through YouTube.

Anek has formed the Thai Alliance for Human Rights based in San Francisco. The organization was to be launched with Chupong Thithuan on 14 October 2012.

In later reports, the media called him Manoon Chaichana (and also known as Anek Sanfran or Anek San Francisco) and in mid-March 2015 linked him to a bombing plot network that the military dictatorship claims to have detected amongst red shirts. In mid-July, he was accused of being the head of an “anti-monarchy” network that spread a rumor about General Prayuth Chan-ocha, Thailand’s dictator.

Media accounts of Anek/Manoon’s case:

Khaosod, 10 July 2015: “Redshirt Behind Prayuth ‘Cash Transfer’ Rumor Linked to Anti-Monarchy Cell

Bangkok Post 17 March 2015: “Amlo begins sniffing along Manoon trail

Bangkok Post, 17 March 2015: “Detained medic linked to court bomb

Bangkok Post, 16 March 2015: “Govt seeks to extradite court grenade attack suspect from US

9 responses

9 08 2014
More fanatical monarchism | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] a televised address: “Let me name them,” he said. “[They are] Chupong Theetuan, Anek Chaichana, Saneh Thinsaen, Amnuay Kaewchompoo and Ong-art Thanakamolnan.” PPT has no links for Ong-art […]

19 03 2015
Bombs, red shirts, martial law and torture | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] junta was using the “plot” to seek the extradition of Manoon Chaichana (we know him as Anek Chaichana) said to be a lese majeste suspect, from the United States “as he also faces an arrest […]

19 03 2015
Bombs, red shirts, martial law and torture | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] junta was using the “plot” to seek the extradition of Manoon Chaichana (we know him as Anek Chaichana) said to be a lese majeste suspect, from the United States “as he also faces an arrest […]

25 06 2015
Coup rumors and lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] purport that “Jack” was “in the same group as anti-government activist Manoon or Anek Chaichacha, alias Anek Sanfran, a suspect in the bombing of the Criminal Court at Ratchadapisek.” Police […]

25 06 2015
Coup rumors and lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] purport that “Jack” was “in the same group as anti-government activist Manoon or Anek Chaichacha, alias Anek Sanfran, a suspect in the bombing of the Criminal Court at Ratchadapisek.” Police […]

13 07 2015
Lese dictateur | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] that Rinda had a “connection” with an “overseas anti-monarchy network headed by Manoon Chaichana, aka ‘Anek San Francisco,’ a Redshirt activist believed to be residing in the United States.”Police had previously […]

13 07 2015
Lese dictateur | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] that Rinda had a “connection” with an “overseas anti-monarchy network headed by Manoon Chaichana, aka ‘Anek San Francisco,’ a Redshirt activist believed to be residing in the United States.”Police had previously […]

16 12 2015
Another huge lese majeste sentence | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] purport that “Jack” was “in the same group as anti-government activist Manoon or Anek Chaichacha, alias Anek Sanfran, a suspect in the bombing of the Criminal Court at Ratchadapisek.” Police […]

16 12 2015
Another huge lese majeste sentence | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] purport that “Jack” was “in the same group as anti-government activist Manoon or Anek Chaichacha, alias Anek Sanfran, a suspect in the bombing of the Criminal Court at Ratchadapisek.” Police […]