112Prajakchai (family name withheld) was arrested and charged with lese majeste on 19 February 2015.

The 41 year-old technician from Srisaket was brought before a military court on 16 October 2015, where he was granted bail after a psychiatrist from the Galya Rajanagarindra Institute testified that Prajakchai suffered psychosis and was unfit to stand trial. His family say Prajakchai has suffered “mental illness since he was a teenager.”

The charge results from Prajakchai calling for removal of high-ranking government officials. Exactly how calling for the removal of “high-ranking” government officials constitutes lese majeste is unclear. The Prachatai report states that:

In Thailand, the King’s autograph is required in the documents issued to appoint high-ranking civil servants and government officials to their posts.

Following his arrest, he spent 241 days in the Bangkok Remand Prison.

According to iLaw, Prajakchai had submitted 20 similar calls since 1992.

The military court ruled that it could pause “the lese majeste trial against Prajakchai … in accordance [with] … Article 14 of the Criminal Procedure Act. However, the judges said that it is only temporary since the case is severe because it is related to the revered Thai monarchy.”

On 16 October 2015, the military court granted bail, set at 100,000 baht and he was bailed the following day.

The court’s comment that the mentally ill are a threat to the monarchy is, in our view, yet another demonstration of a collective royalist psychosis that requires treatment.

Media accounts of Prajakchai ‘s case:

Prachatai, 20 October 2015: “Mentally ill man faces lèse majesté for calling removal of officials