Patchara (pseudonym)

112On 19 April 2021, Patchara, a pseudonym for a 22 year-old transgender woman, attended the Technology Crime Suppression Division to hear the charges of lese majeste and computer crimes.

Her charges result from re-posting a Facebook post by monarchy critic Pavin Chachavalpongpun. Pavin’s post was said to have criticized the work of King Vajiralongkorn, with Ptachara sharing it on19 November 2020.

For the eighth time since November 2020, the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has filed the complaint against Patchara.

The police allege the re-posting constitutes an offense under Article 112 and was a breach of the Computer Crime Act. It was claimed that uploading information by Pavin criticizing the king was a threat to the kingdom’s security.

Patchara has denied the charges and will defend them when she appears on 19 May. She also refused to sign the register for hearing the charge.

Media commentaries on Patchara’s case:

Prachatai, 23 April 2021: “2 people charged with royal defamation over Facebook shares and posts

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