Sakan Saengfueng

Sakan Saengfueng was accused of lese majeste while in jail in 2014. He was later charged. On 14 November 2018, he was acquitted.

… walked free today [14 Nov] after spending nearly five years in jail…”.

Sakan had earlier been convicted in an alleged bomb plot and spent 4 years in jail on that score. He and two other alleged red shirts were arrested in April 2009 on suspicion of plotting to bomb the head office of Charoen Pokphand, considered a major supporter of the yellow shirts and the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime.

When he was to be released, Sakan was then taken back into custody after inmates accused him of royal insult, complaining that Sakan insulted the monarchy while watching a TV documentary on King Bhumibol.

This led to a lese majeste charge and Sakan was detained shortly after his release in 2017. He was denied bail and sent back to jail where he awaited 7 months for his lese majeste trial to conclude.

Interestingly, Sakan initially pleaded not guilty but later agreed to cop a guilty plea.

However, the court did not accept this. Remarkably, the court “said Sakan’s remarks ‘needed interpretation’ and were not evidently critical of the Royal Family as alleged by the plaintiffs.” Because of this and a lack of evidence, like Tom Dundee, Sakan was acquitted.

Media reports of Sakan’s case:

Khaosod, 14 November 2018: “Court Acquits Redshirt Ex-Con of 112