Kamonthat Thanathornkhositjira

KamolthatPPT has a page for the Montra Yokrattanakan or “Ying Kai” lese majeste case. Several other cases are pending, related to Ying Kai’s case and an alleged “network.”

Ying Kai’s elder sister, Kamonthat “Kim-eng” Sae Thanathornkhositjira and former Royal Household Bureau employee Taworn Puangpratoom, have both been accused of being members of an alleged criminal plot, fraud and lese majeste.

Kamonthat, aged 62, was detained on 26 August 2016. She was accused of fraud and falsifying documents, and with alleged links to lese majeste offences, presumably those Ying Kai stands accused of.

Police raided a Lat Phrao Soi 60 condominium and searched three luxury units for “further evidence related to lese majeste offences.”

She stands accused of invoking the royal institution in a fund-raising scam that swindled more than 3 million baht from victims. However, other, much larger figures, are also mentioned.

The search reportedly found valuable items like antique porcelain, ivory tusks, swords, statues and amulets. Documents and some valuable items bearing royal emblems were also taken away.

(This all sounds like the reporting of the Pongpat case and that of Mor Yong.)

The police are examining the royal emblems to determine if the items are real or fakes. If evidence is found that she had cited the monarchy, as alleged, police would press Article 112 charges.

The second person being investigated is Taworn, aged 66, who was “detained” on 29 August 2016, at his home in Huay Kwang. Taworn was charged as an accomplice of Kamonthat. He also faces allegations of fraud and falsifying documents in a scheme involving lese majeste offences.

The arrest of Taworn is “seen as a significant breakthrough in the case.” What is significant is that he “worked at the [Royal Household B]ureau’s Royal Chamberlains Division (Chitralada Palace)…”.

The third man is identified as Somsak Siriyakom, who is still at large.

Several people have  lodged complaints with police that they were conned by the alleged Kim-eng scheme. They include senior Army officers. The “scheme” seems to have involved taking donations after a television program where Kamonthat lauded the monarchy.

The police claim “Kamonthat’s network” was larger than the three who have been named so far.

Media accounts of Kamonthat’s case:

See the page on Ying Kai for early reports on the case.

Khaosod, 31 August 2016: “Former Palace Employee Arrested in Connection With Alleged Royal Impostors

Bangkok Post, 31 August 2016: “More arrests as ‘Kim-eng’ lese majeste plot unravels

Bangkok Post, 27 August 2016: “Sister of Ying Kai arrested