Jakrapob Penkair

jakrapobA former spokesman for ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Jakrapob Penkair had to resign as a minister in the pro-Thaksin government in May 2008 after being accused of slandering the king in a talk at Bangkok’s Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) on 29 August 2007. His case was pushed by members of the Democrat Party-led government from December 2008.

On 13 January 2009, some 1,000 pages of evidence and 4 DVDs had been collected by police and sent to the Attorney General. Jakrapob maintained his innocence and on 5 March 2009 Jakrapob was informed that his  pre-trial court hearing had been postponed for 30 days. His hearing was further postponed to 15 June 2009, when Jakrapob stated that he was overseas. In fact, he had fled in April.

On 4 September 2009 it was reported that the prosecution agreed to a  fifth deferral on a decision on whether to indict Jakrapob.  This was at the request of Jakrapob’s lawyer, who said “his client was on important business abroad.” On 22  March 2010, the case was sent forward for consideration for prosecution.

It seems the investigations expanded beyond his FCCT speech for thereare two cases under investigation. They are: คดีพิเศษที่ 410/53 (lese majeste) and คดีพิเศษที่ 496/53 (lese majeste). The former relates, it seems to comments made overseas and the latter to a newspaper story in 2009.

While he remained overseas, in March 2012, it was reported that the public prosecutor had decided in September 2011 that it would not indict Jakrapob. The Attorney General’s Office sent its decision to the police chief. It was not clear whether the police chief had formally dropped the case.

A Transcript of Jakrapob’s FCCT speech: Jakrapob at the FCCT

Video links to Jakrapob’s FCCT speech: a series of short YouTube clips, begin with “Pa Penn talks about Pa Prem”

Media reports on Jakrapob’s case:

Prachatai, 31 March 2012: “Public prosecutor drops lèse majesté charges against Jakraphob Penkair

Matichon, 3 January 2011: “เปิดบัญชีคดีพิเศษ”ดีเอสไอ” 33 คดีเข้าข่ายหมิ่นเบื้องสูง

The Nation, 23 March 2010:  “Review completed on lese majeste case involving Jakrapob”

Bangkok Post, 4 September 2009: “Prosecution defers Jakrapob case”

asiaoneNews, 30 April 2009: “Cambodia not sheltering Thaksin” (includes a report on Jakrapob’s case)

Deutsche Press-Agenture, 5 March 2009: “Lese majeste case postponed in Thailand”

Reporters Without Borders,  6 February 2009, “Jakrapob Penkair: Red and Yellow”

Bangkok Post, 13 January 2009, “Jakrapob case continued 8 weeks”

Asia Times, 13 June 2008, “‘Crusading spirit’ adrift on Thai winds”

Xinhua, 30 May 2008: “Thai PM’s Office Minister resigns over lese majeste charge”

New Mandala, 29 May 2008,  “An update on Jakrapob Penkair and alleged insults to the king”

Bangkok Pundit, 30 August 2007, “Jakrapob at the FCCT”

23 responses

7 04 2009
Lese majeste prosecutions hurt monarchy-New Mandala « FACT - Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] abyss of lese majeste hell.  Clearly, his circumstances are different to those experienced by a Jakrapob Penkair, a Sondhi Limthongkul or a Sulak Sivaraksa, who have all also been recently accused of this most […]

1 07 2009
New: More on lèse majesté at the FCCT « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] complained that the police must  proceed on the case against Jonathan Head and citing Jakrapob Penkair’s presentation at the FCCT on 29 August 2007  and the sale of DVD of that presentation as evidence […]

18 08 2009
New: Jakrapob on the struggle for democracy and against the aristocracy « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] on Democracy movement leaders”) has a story with some translation of a column by Jakrapob Penkair on the struggle for democracy. He says: “The incidents of 14 Oct 1973, 6 Oct 1976, and May […]

2 09 2009
New: Fuzzy politics, fuzzy thinking « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] his “renewed … red revolution agenda” without actually drawing the connections. Jakrapob is also facing lese majeste charges and his call for political change involves a hard line against […]

4 09 2009
New: Jakrapob lese majeste case update « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] for the fifth time, deferred a decision on whether to indict former PM’s office minister Jakrapob Penkair on a charge of lese majeste, this time until Oct 7.” An Attorney-General’s […]

20 03 2010
Red Shirt Supporters in Germany « Saiyasombut

[…] an attendance of over 50 people. Special guests were Giles Ji Ungpakorn and (via telephone) Jakrapop Penkair, both in exile after being accused of lèse majesté, who held speeches about the current political […]

31 03 2010
Prachatai webmaster charged « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] presumes a direct link between these cases – the other was of Jakrapob Penkair – and the current struggle the military-back Abhisit Vejjajiva government has with red shirt […]

21 10 2010
Surachai to go to court on lese majeste « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Siam is said to include fellow lese majeste accused Jakrapop Penkair. Red Siam was mentioned recently mentioned by Jonathan Manthorpe in a Vancouver Sun article where […]

1 04 2012
Jakrapob’s lese majeste case to be dropped « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] report in Prachatai state’s that Jakrapob Penkair‘s lese majeste case is to be […]

1 04 2012
Jakrapob’s lese majeste case to be dropped « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] report in Prachatai state’s that Jakrapob Penkair‘s lese majeste case is to be […]

23 04 2012
Pending lèse majesté cases-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] Jakrapob Penkair (case reportedly dropped) […]

25 04 2012
HRW on lese majeste I « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] up on this, in its 2008 country report, HRW notes charges against Jakrapob Penkair and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, putting the charges in a category of limiting freedom of […]

25 04 2012
HRW on lese majeste I « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] up on this, in its 2008 country report, HRW notes charges against Jakrapob Penkair and Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, putting the charges in a category of limiting freedom of […]

3 05 2012
Somyos in court « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] said that “Jitr Pollachan” was Jakrapob Penkair, who fled lese majeste charges in 2009. Jakrapob had contributed to the magazine for some time. […]

3 05 2012
Somyos in court « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] said that “Jitr Pollachan” was Jakrapob Penkair, who fled lese majeste charges in 2009. Jakrapob had contributed to the magazine for some time. […]

14 10 2013
Three views on 14 October | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] and the armed forces for their business interests.” Oddly, he right to be at one with Thaksin loyalist Jakrapob Penkair (look for his FCCT transcript) in being critical of “a society plagued by the patronage […]

14 10 2013
Three views on 14 October | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] institution and the armed forces for their business interests.” Oddly, he right to be at one with Thaksin loyalist Jakrapob Penkair (look for his FCCT transcript) in being critical of “a society plagued by the patronage system […]

24 11 2013
Jakrapob interviewed | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] has interviewed red shirt leader and former Thaksin Shinawatra spokesman Jakrapob Penkair. Once accused of lese majeste, Jakrapob has apparently remained in self-exile in Cambodia since 2009. He remains supportive of […]

24 11 2013
Jakrapob interviewed | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] has interviewed red shirt leader and former Thaksin Shinawatra spokesman Jakrapob Penkair. Once accused of lese majeste, Jakrapob has apparently remained in self-exile in Cambodia since 2009. He remains supportive of […]

12 12 2015
Prem and corruption in high places | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] On corruption, Prem has “called on society to eliminate the ‘disgusting creatures’ who perpetuate corruption.” He says they are “bad guys” who are “robbing the country every day.” Nopporn observes that “Prem also criticised Thailand’s centuries-old, deep-rooted patronage system.” Yet his “critics see him as a patron for many young, newly-commissioned officers in the armed forces.” Some position him at the center of the patronage system. […]

12 12 2015
Prem and corruption in high places | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] On corruption, Prem has “called on society to eliminate the ‘disgusting creatures’ who perpetuate corruption.” He says they are “bad guys” who are “robbing the country every day.” Nopporn observes that “Prem also criticised Thailand’s centuries-old, deep-rooted patronage system.” Yet his “critics see him as a patron for many young, newly-commissioned officers in the armed forces.” Some position him at the center of the patronage system. […]

24 12 2016
The patronage system | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] The last person who criticized this system of “good” or royalist patronage in any detail was probably Jakrapob Penkair. […]

24 12 2016
The patronage system | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] The last person who criticized this system of “good” or royalist patronage in any detail was probably Jakrapob Penkair. […]