Kanlaya (pseudonym)

112On 22 June 2021, it was reported that Kanlaya – a pseudonym – a 27-year-old employee of a private company in Nonthaburi, reported to Sungai Kolok District Police Station in Narathiwat province, to acknowledge lese majeste and computer crimes charges.

The charges resulted from complaints made by ultra-royalist vigilante Pasit Chanhuaton over four of Kanlaya’s social media posts said to be about the monarchy.

The initial reports do not provide further details regarding the alleged offenses.

Police state that Pasit has accused at least five persons of violating Article 112 and filed the charges with the Sungnai Kolok police. And the police have begun filing charges.

Kanlaya’s summons was from Acting Pol Maj Natee Chansaengsri, and dated 17 May 2021. It required her to acknowledge her charge in person on 7 June 2021. However Kanlaya managed to postpone this given that her abode was hundreds of kilometers away in Nonthaburi and her official residence in Phayao. She reported on 22 June 2021.

Pasit’s complaint was that he had been using Facebook when he came across images and four messages referring to the monarchy. The messages included acriticism of the monarchy’s role in relation to the political protests. Pasit also claimed Kanlaya shared a post from another Facebook user which urged that Article 112 be revoked to permit free expression on the monarchy.

An outraged Pasit claimed that these “messages maliciously referred to the King in an accusatorial manner.” 

Kanlaya has denied all charges.

The police requested that the Narathiwat Provincial Court remand Kanlaya in custody. The court did this but granted a bail application on a surety of 150,000 baht.

Kanlaya is  scheduled to report to the Court again on 9 August 2021.

Media accounts of Kanlaya’s case:

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, 2 July 2021: “Summons from Deep South: Woman from Nonthaburi charged for Article 112 lost 15,000 baht over travel & accommodation costs

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