Ekaphop Luera (or Tang Acheewa)

EkaphopIt is reported that National police chief Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew met with army chief General Prayuth Chan-ocha and “other senior government and security leaders” and that they agreed on the need to take action against Wuthipong Kachathamakul and another lese majeste case involving Ekaphop Luera, also known as Tang Acheewa.

Further, “Pol Gen Adul promised he would take serious action against the two and direct immigration authorities across the country to watch out in case they try to flee the country.” Further, “Ekaphop, who is wanted on an arrest warrant, is believed to have already fled the country.”

Having sought protection from the UNHCR and the Cambodian government, the Thai military dictatorship unsuccessfully sought his extradition.

By December 2014, it was reported that Ekaphop had gained asylum in New Zealand. This greatly angered the military dictatorship, who claimed that he was “exploiting” his asylum by making it known that New Zealand had accepted him. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called in the New Zealand ambassador to complain about the “lese majeste fugitive.”

The military junta, royalists and police attempted to pressure both the New Zealand government and the UNHCR. These efforts failed, but in mid-June 2015, the military dictatorship announced another effort to extradite Ekaphop. At the time, Thailand’s military dictator declared that Ekaphop was no longer Thai because he could no longer live in the country.

Media accounts of Ekaphop’s case:

Khaosod, 19 June 2015: “Prayuth: Thai Lese Majeste Suspect Living in Exile ‘Not a Thai’

Prachatai, 17 June 2015: “Thai prosecutors request New Zealand to extradite lèse majesté suspect

Bangkok Post, 23 January 2015: “Police pressure NZ over Tang Achiva

Khaosod, 19 January 2015: “Thai Junta Protests UN Agency Over Lese Majeste Fugitive

Khaosod, 6 January 2015: “Thailand Seeks Clarification From New Zealand on Lese Majeste Exile

Bangkok Post, 6 January 2015: “NZ urged to probe Tang Acheewa

Bangkok Post, 28 September 2014: “Tang Achiva repatriation sought

Khaosod, 15 April 2014: “Airport On Alert For Lese Majeste Suspects

Bangkok Post, 10 April 2014: “Adul promises action on Ko Tee

11 responses

12 04 2014
More on the Ko Tee lese majeste case | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Post also reported another lese majeste case “involving Ekaphop Luera, also known as Tang Acheewa,” was discussed by the royalist military […]

12 04 2014
More on the Ko Tee lese majeste case | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Post also reported another lese majeste case “involving Ekaphop Luera, also known as Tang Acheewa,” was discussed by the royalist military […]

23 09 2014
Chasing red shirts internationally | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] refers to the case of Ekaphop Luera (or Tang Acheewa), accused of lese majeste prior to the military coup, but who fled to […]

12 01 2015
A New Zealand response on lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] agitated – some quite hysterical – by the fact that the New Zealand government provided Ekaphop Luera with political […]

12 01 2015
A New Zealand response on lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] become agitated – some quite hysterical – by the fact that the New Zealand government provided Ekaphop Luera with political […]

20 01 2015
Lese majeste and foreign policy | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] frenzy over the UNHCR’s efforts to have the New Zealand government grant political asylum to Ekaphop Luera. Ekaphop has been charged under Thailand’s draconian lese majeste laws that have been […]

20 01 2015
Lese majeste and foreign policy | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] a frenzy over the UNHCR’s efforts to have the New Zealand government grant political asylum to Ekaphop Luera. Ekaphop has been charged under Thailand’s draconian lese majeste laws that have been ferociously […]

17 06 2015
Mad about lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] dozens is the ridiculous effort by the Office of the Attorney General of Thailand that has indicted Ekaphop Luera (Tang Acheewa) under Article […]

17 06 2015
Mad about lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] dozens is the ridiculous effort by the Office of the Attorney General of Thailand that has indicted Ekaphop Luera (Tang Acheewa) under Article […]

20 06 2015
Royal propaganda and lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] states that Ekaphop Luera, now living in New Zealand, is no longer ‘Thai.” He declared: “Since he fled this […]

20 06 2015
Royal propaganda and lese majeste | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] states that Ekaphop Luera, now living in New Zealand, is no longer ‘Thai.” He declared: “Since he fled this country to […]