Suthep Thaugsuban

SuthepIn December 2013, the Bangkok Post reported that a “former Pheu Thai MP for Lop Buri on Monday lodged a lese majeste complaint against Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the anti-government [they mean anti-democratic] People’s Democratic Reform Committee.” This is about as dumb as it gets in Thailand’s politics. The report is that:

Suchart Sainam and his lawyer Singthong Buachoom argued that Mr Suthep had defamed Thailand’s monarchy by calling on the public to boycott the general election and demanding that the caretaker government step down and the poll be deferred.

Apparently the “complaint was received by Crime Suppression Division deputy chief” who said they would investigate.

PPT think the claim bizarre, although Suthep was pretty handy in accusing others of lese majeste in the past and worse.

In April 2014:

Pheu Thai member Singthong Buachum yesterday lodged a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division against PDRC leader Suthep Thaugsuban for alleged breach of Section 112 of the Criminal Code, which deals with lese majeste offences.

It is time that politicians on all sides became adults on lese majeste and assigned it to the dustbin of history.

PPT does not think that a lese majeste charge will be brought against Suthep.

Media accounts of Suthep’s cases:

Bangkok Post, 13 April 2014: “Critics slam monarchy appeal plan

Bangkok Post, 16 December 2013: “Suthep accused of lese majeste