Suporn Atthawong

Suporn Atthawong, a UDD member, also known as Isan Rambo, has been accused by Army chief Prayuth Chan-Ocha of lese majeste. He laid a complaint of lese majeste with the police following speeches on 10 April 2011.

Prior to the 10 April anniversary rally by red shirts, commemorating the first attack by the army on red shirt demonstrators rallying in 2010, the Army set up a “war room” that was, in part, meant to catch red shirt speakers out. General Prayuth said he was “concerned that some red-shirt demonstrators might attack the high institution and incite violence and therefore the army war room was set up.” The so-called war room monitored the rally “and all speeches delivered at the rally stage by UDD core leaders.” The Army promised legal action against all law violators; they meant for lese majeste.

The outcome of that monitoring is reportedly that the “army on Tuesday filed a complaint against United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship co-leader Jatuporn Prompan and two others [Wichian Khaokham, a Puea Thai MP for Udon Thani, and Suporn Atthawong, a UDD member], saying they might have committed lese majeste in connection with their speeches made at the red-shirt rally at the Democracy Monument on Ratchadamnern Avenue on Sunday, April 10.”

Importantly, this complaint has been filed at the Samranrat police station, on behalf  of army chief Prayuth.

These same three are also subject to earlier terrorism charges from May 2010 and are on bail. The police are now required “to examine tapes of the three’s speeches to see if they constituted lese majeste.”

Suporn and his co-accused red shirt leaders filed a case against Prayuth at the same police station on 16 April, claiming the Army chief deliberately filed charges that were false and provided false information.

Remarkably, by mid-2018, Suporn had pledged himself to support of the post-2014 coup regime’s concocted political party and to the ongoing premiership of Gen Prayuth following the junta’s rigged election. Following that rigged election, the quisling Suporn was rewarded by being made a deputy minister.

Media accounts of Suporn’s case:

Bangkok Post, 29 June 2018: “Three Allies pledge loyalty to ‘PMs party’

Bangkok Post, 17 April 2011: “Army chief faces charges

Bangkok Post, 12 April 2011: “Complaint against Jatuporn, 2 others

8 responses

23 04 2012
Pending lèse majesté cases-PPT « FACT – Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

[…] Chuklom, Wiputhalaeng Pattanaphumthai, Veera Musigapong, Chinawat Haboonpat, Wichian Kaokham, Suporn Atthawong, Kwanchai Sarakham (Praiphana), Nisit Sinthuprai, Prasit Chaisisa, Worawut Wichaidit, Laddawan […]

5 12 2012
Lese majeste not forgotten « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Suporn Atthawong […]

5 12 2012
Lese majeste not forgotten « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] are unknown), Pisek Sanittangkul, Pitsanu Promsorn, Somsak Jeamteerasakul, Somyos Pruksakasemsuk, Suporn Atthawong, Suraphot Thawisak, Thaksin Shinawatra, Thanapol Bamrungsri, Thanapol Eawsakul, Thiranan […]

29 06 2018
All about The Dictator | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Nat, Anucha Nakasai, and former Nakhon Ratchasima MP, Pirom Polwiset.” Others include “Suporn Atthawong, a former key figure of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, and former […]

29 06 2018
All about The Dictator | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Nat, Anucha Nakasai, and former Nakhon Ratchasima MP, Pirom Polwiset.” Others include “Suporn Atthawong, a former key figure of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, and former […]

26 06 2019
Trading justice | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] decision by the Office of the Attorney-General that red shirt turncoat and political opportunist Suporn  Atthawong, once known as Rambo Isan, “could not be brought to hear an indictment at the Pattaya […]

22 01 2021
Further updated: Thanathorn and lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] 1: It is somehow “fitting” that the quisling Suporn Atthawong, now vice minister to the military PM’s Office, was the one filing the lese majeste complaint […]

18 08 2021
Wages and sin | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Suporn Atthawong was once a red shirt. He was once charged with lese majeste. But about the time that the junta was hoovering up possible allies in the northeast, his 112 case was dropped after Suporn gave his support to the junta party and was rewarded by being made an “assistant minister.” The wages of sin, treason, and grassing-up your former comrades. He also changed his name to Seksakol, apparently meant to whitewash his bad karma. […]