Buddha Issara

Buddha Issara was on accused of lese majeste on 10 April 2017, by Wichai Prasertsutsiri, coordinator of the Centre for the Promotion of Buddhism Foundation. Wichai filed a complaint under Article 112 of the Criminal Code with the Crime Suppression Division in Bangkok.

Buddha Issara, an ultra-royalist and a key leader of the People’s Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), is a despicable fascist and anti-democrat monk. He has lauded gunmen, acted with thugs, praised the military dictatorship, extorted hotels, accused opponents of lese majeste and been an ardent supporter of the ridiculous law, taken the law into his own hands, and supported vigilantes.

That he’s a detestable person and worse as a monk does not mean that the accusation of lese majeste is any less ridiculous and a case that warrants no legal attention.

The monk is accused of lese majeste over a ritual to bless amulets. Wichai claims that back on on 30 May 2009, the monk performed a ritual to bless amulets engraved with the monograph of the late king before selling them to disciples. Yes, that’s 2009, eight years ago.

The complainant says that the royalist monk used his own blood to bless the amulets. This, apparently, is the cause of the allegation, with Wichai claiming that such action was defamatory of the monarchy since the amulets were engraved with the royal monograph.

Wichai is like many others who lash out at opponents using this feudal law, making up ever more balmy claims about what “defames” a royal.

The detestable monk responded that the ritual was performed to honor the monarchy, adding that Wichai wanted to attack him. We are sure the latter is true, while the former is as balmy as Wichai’s accusation.

Of course, the police accepted the complaint and said they would investigate it. The police are too spineless to tell the accuser to go home and stop being ridiculous.

Based on the double standards approach taken to other rightists and royalists accused of lese majeste, we can probably assume that the case won’t go far.

Media accounts of Buddha Issara’s case:

Prachatai, 11 April 2017: “Ultra-royalist monk accused of lèse majesté