Robert Amsterdam

In February 2011, Democrat MP Watchara Petthong filed lese majeste complaints against Thaksin Shinawatra, Robert Amsterdam and Thanapol Eawsakul (as editor of the Same Sky/Fa diew Kan) for the publication of the Thai version of the White Paper by Amsterdam & Peroff on the violence of April and May 2010. The book has been a best seller, and was the initial case taken to the International Criminal Court by red shirts seeking redress for the violence.

Amsterdam is Thaksin’s lawyer and is also lawyer to the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship.

In April 2014, Amsterdam was again accused of insulting the monarchy, this time by “the Lawyers Council of Thailand Under the Royal Patronage.” It seems the lawyers take the royal patronage nonsense seriously and have decided to protect the monarchy from insult. The problem is that the “insult” was merely a call by Amsterdam for the government “to amend the Article 112 of the Criminal Code…”.

Along with Democrat Party member and anti-democrat protester Thaworn Senniam, the “Lawyers Council of Thailand Under the Royal Patronage” reckon that asking for the law to be amended amounts to an insult to the monarchy.

Legally this is preposterous, but then the courts are savagely royalist, so anything is possible.

Media commentary on Amsterdam’s case:

Khaosod, 8 April 2014: “Thaksin’s Lawyer Denounces Lese Majeste Allegation

Prachatai, 22 February 2011: Lèse majesté charges filed against Robert Amsterdam’s book”

4 responses

12 10 2011
Democrat Party continues to bang the lese majeste drum | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] to a lese majeste complaint over contents in his report “Massacre in Bangkok“. In fact, it was Watchara who made the complaint. (See PPT’s earlier post on another lese majeste complaint by the same Democrat Party […]

23 04 2012
9 04 2014
Lawyers gone wild | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Khaosod reports that the bumbling royalist lackeys at the Lawyers Council of Thailand have accused United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship lobbyist and former lawyer for Thaksin Shinawatra of lese majeste. This is not the first time Robert Amsterdam has been accused of insulting the monarchy. […]

9 04 2014
Lawyers gone wild | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Khaosod reports that the bumbling royalist lackeys at the Lawyers Council of Thailand have accused United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship lobbyist and former lawyer for Thaksin Shinawatra of lese majeste. This is not the first time Robert Amsterdam has been accused of insulting the monarchy. […]