PPT has a page for the Montra Yokrattanakan or “Ying Kai” lese majeste case. Several other cases are pending, related to Ying Kai’s case and an alleged “network.”
Ying Kai’s elder sister, Kamonthat Thanathornkhositjira and former Royal Household Bureau employee Taworn Puangpratoom, were both accused of being members of an alleged criminal network, fraud and lese majeste.
Kamonthat and her alleged accomplices were accused of invoking the monarchy in a fund-raising scam that swindled victims.
Taworn, aged 66, who was “detained” on 29 August 2016, at his home in Huay Kwang. He was charged as an accomplice of Kamonthat. He also faces allegations of fraud and falsifying documents in a scheme involving lese majeste offences.
The arrest of Taworn is seen as significant because he worked at the Royal Household Bureau’s Royal Chamberlains Division (in Chitralada Palace).
A somewhat ambiguous police claim is that Taworn “dressed himself to look similar to an official from the royal palace to fool victims into believing that Mrs. Kim Eng was someone close to people in the high circle…”. He did work for the Royal Household Bureau.
The Criminal Court also approved a police request to arrest another man, identified as Somsak Siriyakom, who is still at large. Somsak faces the same charges as Mr Taworn.
The police claim “Kamonthat’s network” was larger than the three who have been named so far.
Taworn has decided to fight the case, even after Kamonthat and Somsak or Sak Siriyakorn were sentenced to very long jail terms.
This case, along with several others, suggests massive corruption has riddled the royal household, probably for many years.
Media accounts of Taworn’s case:
See the page on Ying Kai for early reports on the case.
Bangkok Post, 18 November 2016: “Half-sister of ‘Ying Kai’ jailed for 50 years”
Khaosod, 31 August 2016: “Former Palace Employee Arrested in Connection With Alleged Royal Impostors”
Bangkok Post, 31 August 2016: “More arrests as ‘Kim-eng’ lese majeste plot unravels”
Bangkok Post, 27 August 2016: “Sister of Ying Kai arrested“