Ex-Puea Thai MP on lese majeste wrap

13 05 2014

ThaiPBS reports:

The Judge Advocate General’s Office has lodged a complaint with the National Police Office accusing former Pheu Thai MP Prasit Chaisrisa of committing lese majeste.

The JAG’s Office said that Prasit made a speech at the Imperial Lat Phrao shopping mall on May 7 with some remarks which were deemed against the Monarchy in accordance with Article 112 of the Criminal Code.

A video clip featuring Prasit’s speech was posted in the YouTube website provoking a flood of criticisms against the former Pheu Thai MP.

Back in April 2011, Prasit was one of the Bangkok 19, all red shirt leaders, who were summoned by the political police at the Department of Special Investigation to acknowledge cases of lese majeste.

Bangkok 19 and lese majeste

6 07 2011

The Nation reports that the Department of Special Investigation has “agreed to postpone the indictment of 19 red-shirt leaders … for lese majeste and sedition in connection with Jatuporn [Promphan]’s April 2 rally speech.” The nation means 10 April and this refers to the Bangkok 19.

DSI’s director general Tharit Pengdit, for two years the Democrat Party-led government’s chief political policeman, stated: “The defence has sought and received the DSI’s permission for addition time to collect evidence for rebuttals…”. He added that the “indictment date would be rescheduled within a month. Even though Jatuporn and [the] other seven of 19 suspects have been elected as MPs…, the legal proceedings would continue despite their parliamentary immunity…”.

PPT would hope that Tharit is removed as soon as possible and there is an investigation into the politicized nature of the DSI under Tharit. Like others associated with CRES and the brutal events of April and May 2010, Tharit’s role needs to be scrutinized.



Bangkok 19 case delayed

3 06 2011

According to MCOT News, while it was expected that the Bangkok 19 – all red shirt leaders – were to be charged this week, it seems the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has agreed to “postpone the appearance date for 19 top members of the anti-government United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), the Red Shirt movement, for lese majeste charges to July 7…”.

Top political police chief Tharit Pengdit “said DSI earlier summoned 19 leading UDD members to hear lese majeste charges today, but the Red Shirt activists asked for a postponement, saying they must take part in political activities related to the July 3 general election considered crucial for them under their practice of democratic principles.” Ten of the 19 are standing in the election.

It seems odd that the DSI agrees to this while keeping Jatuporn Promphan and Nisit Sinthuprai locked up at the Bangkok Remand Prison. Perhaps the DSI’s definition of democracy has several different standards.


Bangkok 18 becomes Bangkok 19

23 05 2011

Apologies for again being slow with this post. PPT is continuing to experience difficulties in keeping up with the volume of material on lese majeste.

The Bangkok Post reported on 21 May that the political police at the Department of Special Investigation “will summon 19 red shirt leaders to hear lese majeste charges related to remarks made during a rally early last month.”

PPT earlier posted on this and added a Bangkok 18 post to our page of pending cases. We’ll need to change that to the Bangkok 19 as DSI chief Tharit Pengdit added Payap Panket to the list of those to be charged.

The other 18 are: Weng Tojirakarn, Nattawut Saikua, Korkaew Pikulthong, Thida Tawornsate Tojirakarn, Karun Hosakul, Yoswaris Chuklom, Wiputhalaeng Pattanaphumthai, Veera Musigapong, Chinawat Haboonpat, Wichian Kaokham, Suporn Atthawong, Kwanchai Sarakham (Praiphana), Nisit Sinthuprai, Prasit Chaisisa, Worawut Wichaidit, Laddawan Wongsriwong, Jatuporn Promphan and Somchai Paiboon.

Tharit said a “summons will be issued on Monday [23 May] and sent to the red shirt suspects by mail. They will have 10 days to prepare prior to appearing before authorities on June 2.”

While he can’t complete investigations into the deaths and injuries of April and May 2010, the puppet-like Tharit can get lese majeste cases sown up in a jiffy (as long as they are against the regime’s opponents).

DSI plans to “take the suspects to the Criminal Court to request their detention. The DSI will also go to Bangkok Remand Prison to file charges against red shirt leaders Jatuporn Prompan and Nisit Sinthuprai, who are detained there.”

Tharit also revealed that the DSI is taking over yet another lese majeste case that “involves six community radio stations which allegedly broadcast Mr Jatuporn’s April 10 remarks which were deemed offensive to the monarchy.”

Just because there is a bit of reformist lese majeste static about doesn’t mean that the political police aren’t on the job. Thailand remains a dangerous place for opposition activists. The royalists are keen to crush them.

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