Suraphot Thawisak

Suraphot Thawisak, a lecturer in philosophy at Rajaphat Suan Dusit University’s Hua Hin campus has received a summons to appear for police investigating a possible lese majeste charge.

According to a comment at New Mandala, Suraphot “writes regularly for the Prachatai websites; his writing on political issues and especially on Buddhism and politics (he’s a specialist), appears at Prachatai almost every week, under both his real name and a well-known pseudonym ‘Nak Pratchaya Chai Khob’ (a philosophy at the margin).”

Prachatai states that Suraphot “has received a summons to report to the police in Roi Et province in the Northeast as a result of a local yellow shirt’s complaint against him for his comments on the Prachatai website. On 2 Dec [2011], Suraphot received a summons from plainclothes policemen, issued by Roi Et police and dated 22 Nov, to report to Roi Et Provincial Police Station on 7 Dec to answer accusations of lèse majesté.”

The report states that the police complaint “was lodged by Wiput Sukprasert, a local yellow shirt in Roi Et who uses the alias ‘iPad’ on the Prachatai website.”

According to this account, the summons relates to comments Suraphot made on Somsak Jeamteerasakul’s article “How will we situate the monarchy in Thai society and politics?” that was published by Prachatai on 10 August 2010. Apparently police first made inquiries on 6 October 2010 and nothing more happened until he received the summons.

Suraphot’s summons has been postponed until 17 February 2012.

In August 2012 it was briefly reported that police had decided not to pursue this case. A final decision is pending in Bangkok.

Media accounts of Suraphot’s case:

Bangkok Post, 6 August 2012: “LM convict’s mum wants him bailed”

Prachatai, 15 February 2012: “Lèse majesté complaints rampant in Roi Et

Prachatai, 8 December 2011: “Prachatai columnist summoned by police for lèse majesté

7 responses

15 02 2012
An update on Suraphot’s lese majeste case « Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Readers may recall a case lodged in Roi-et, by a yellow-shirted serial lese majeste accuser, against academic and Prachatai contributor Suraphot Thawisak. […]

15 02 2012
An update on Suraphot’s lese majeste case « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Readers may recall a case lodged in Roi-et, by a yellow-shirted serial lese majeste accuser, against academic and Prachatai contributor Suraphot Thawisak. […]

23 04 2012
6 08 2012
Mothers and lese majeste detainees « Political Prisoners in Thailand

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6 08 2012
Mothers and lese majeste detainees « Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Suraphot Thawisak (in the Post story, rendered as Thaweephak), stated that “Roi Et police have decided not to file a lese majeste case against him. However, Police Headquarters in Bangkok has the final say on the decision.” Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrStumbleUponLinkedInPinterestRedditDiggEmailPrintLike this:LikeBe the first to like this. Tags: lese majeste, monarchy, palace, Queen Sirikit, Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, Surachai Danwattananusorn, Suraphot Thawisak, Tanthawut Taweewarodomkul […]

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

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

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