Kampan Boonyued, Sarawut Nuanponkrang and Arun Akarapridi

KampanKampan Boonyued (photo left), Sarawut Nuanponkrang and Arun Akarapridi were reported to have been accused of lese majeste in Nakhon Ratchasima for a Facebook post on 16 February 2015.

Prachatai reports that a lese majeste complaint has followed a bitter dispute that revolves around claims that Bua Yai district and seven others should be separated from Nakhon Ratchasima Province to become Thailand’s 78th province.

Kampan Boonyued, a former civil servant in Bua Yai District and leader of the campaign to make Bua Yai a province, met with police on 7 April to respond to the accusation of lese majeste. This followed a complaint filed by the leaders of the group opposing the establishment of Bua Yai as a province.

Two other leaders from the pro-Bua Yai group, Sarawut Nuanponkrang and Arun Akarapridi, are also accused of defaming the monarchy. These two had yet to be called in by the police.

The accusation against the three is that the pro-Bua Yai group publicized on Facebook the establishment of Bua Yai Province Bill and falsely claimed that it had been signed by the king and counter-signed by General Prayuth Chan-ocha. The complainants say this is false and that the claim related to the king amounts to lese majeste.

Media accounts of the case:

Prachatai, 8 April 2015: “Lese majeste filed against Bua Yai Province campaigners in Korat