Preecha Daradrai

112Preecha Daradrai was accused of lese majeste on about 13 February 2015.

Lepakorn Siripmongkol, an officer of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, filed lese majeste complaints against Chakarn Phakphoom and Preecha Daradrai. Lepakorn claims that in September 2014 he led an ONCB team to search one of Preecha’s houses. Preecha is said to have arrived at the house and reprimanded the officers. He called Chakarn, who claimed to be the secretary for Nuttapong Suwadee. Chakarn allegedly claimed his link to the monarchy via Nuttapong and threatened the ONBC officers, getting them to stop searching and leave the house.

Chakarn and Preecha are reported to be connected with Nuttapong, a brother to Srirasmi, the former royal consort to the Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn. She has been thrown out of the prince’s palace and household, and a huge purge of her family and network has ensued.

The complaint also states that, a day later, Preecha and Chakarn went to the ONBC office and again reprimanded Lepakorn and that they forced Lepakorn and other ONBC officers to apologize for the raid.

Chakarn is already jailed and facing two lese majeste charges for other claims of relationships with Srirasmi and Vajiralongkorn. Preecha is reportedly “still at large.”

Nuattapong is also in jail and facing several lese majeste charges for what Prachatai falsely reports is “falsely claiming about the monarchy.” Obviously, this can’t be a false claim because it is true – he was “connected.”

Media accounts of Preecha’s case:

Prachatai, 14 February 2015: “Lese majeste filed against gang members related to ex-princess