More on 112 charge for 14 year-old

5 02 2023

Oddly enough, it is Thaiger and the Laotian Times that have picked up the case of the 14 year-old girl – the youngest ever – charged with lese majeste. Here’s what Thaiger reported about the royalist  vigilante-inspired charge:

Thai police summoned a 14 year old girl to a police station for questioning after an ultra-royalist accused her of royal defamation, according to Thai Lawyers for Human Rights.

She is the youngest person ever to be charged with royal defamation, also called lèse-majesté.

Arnon Klinkaew, a core member of an ultra-royalist group, accused the child of violating Section 112 of the Criminal Code over her alleged involvement in a protest at the Giant Swing in Bangkok on October 13, 2022.

 The legal summons from Samran Rat Police Station in Bangkok was dated January 23, 2023….

 Arnon accused the high schooler of attending the protest at the Giant Swing near Bangkok City Hall on October 13 and participating in the writing of a placard calling for the abolition of Section 112.

 Thai Rath reports that a lot of people attended the protest, where the media and police were also present. Undercover police officers allegedly joined the protest to take photos and film demonstrators….





14 year old slapped with Article 112

1 02 2023

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights reports that the youngest known victim of lese majeste is a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

The girl received a 112 summons from the Samranrat Police Station. She is said to have participated in political rallies during  2022. The summons dated 23 January 2023. The exact nature of the charge is still unclear with the summons stating that the incident occurred on 14 October 2022 in Bangkok.

TLHR reports that there are at least 18 cases of juveniles aged under 18 charged with lese majeste, in 21 cases. Of these, there are four 14-year-olds, with this girl being the youngest known accused, at 14 years and seven months.





Juvenile lese majeste IV

23 11 2022

In a follow-up to a post yesterday, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights reports that on 22 November 2022, the Central Juvenile and Family Court delivered its judgement on Petch/Thanakorn’s  Article 112 case for an alleged offence when he was 17 years-old, in December 2020.

The court refused to allow observation of the case.

The court convicted Petch “and sentenced him to two years jail term. However, … pursuant to Section 142 of the Juvenile and Family Court and Procedure Act B.E. 2553, the Court ordered ‘Petch’ Thanakorn to enter a Juvenile Practice and Training Center instead of imprisonment sentence.”

He was “later granted bail with surety money amounting to 30,000 baht provided by ‘Ratsadornprasong Fund’, without any other bail conditions, as the case is on appeal.”

Petch faces another lese majeste case before the Nonthaburi Juvenile and Family Court. It will deliver its verdict on 22 December 2022.





Juvenile lese majeste III

22 11 2022

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights has an alert regarding an upcoming Central Juvenile and Family Court judgement on a juvenile Article 112 case.

The case is claimed as a “first” for this court, although other juveniles have previously fronted other courts on lese majeste charges. For a case in Khon Kaen, see here, here, here and here.

The case TLHR refers to involves Petch. a 19 year old LGBTQ+ activist. He copped the charge for a speech on 6 December 2020 at Wongwian Yai.

The prosecution alleges that Petch “gave a speech that tarnishes and defames King … Vajiralongkorn (Rama X). His speech is not opinion or truth but defamation towards King Rama X and livestreamed on social media leading [the] audience to believe that King Rama X is a bad person and above the law who is not subjected to any punishment.”

The latter is certainly true, while the former is an opinion held by many. The prosecutor alleges “that his speech defames the father of King Rama X (King Rama IX) for endorsing, allowing, accepting or acknowledging the coup of 2014 which constitutes falsehood.”

Of course, it is a fact that the dead king endorsed the coup, as he has had in 2006.

2006 coup endorsed

“Petch” denied all charges.

As is increasingly usual, Petch’s indictment followed a complaint by ultra-royalist Jakkapong Klinkaew, a leader of a group calling itself the People’s Center for the Protection of Monarchy.

The court heard witness statements from 17 to 25 August 2022, with seven “plaintiff’s witnesses and four defendant’s witnesses who were the defendant himself, the guardian, and two academics.”

Petch faces eight legal cases, “including three cases charged under Section 112 for giving a speech at Nonthaburi Pier on 10 September 2020, ‘wearing crop top’ at Paragon mall on 20 December 2020, and this case…”.

The verdict is due 22 November 2022.





Juvenile 112 indictment

31 10 2021

It is reported that public prosecutors have decided to indict Noppasin Treelayapewat, a 16 year-old, with lese majeste for participating in a “fashion show” that poked fun at royals “during a pro-democracy protest on Silom Road on 29 October 2020.”

The so-called Ratsadorn Catwalk fashion show “took place after it was reported that the Ministry of Commerce received a 13-million baht budget for the overseas exhibition of new products by Sirivannavari brand, a fashion label owned by the King’s younger daughter, Princess Sirivannavari.” It also coincided with the launch of Sirivannavari’s newest collection, “held at the nearby Mandarin Oriental Hotel.”

Sirivannavari has been hoovering up taxpayer funds for her pet projects for years.

Noppasin. Clipped from Prachatai

The rally saw no speeches, but “protesters participated in the fashion show, performed, and exhibit artwork to support monarchy reform.”

Noppasin is “alleged to have mocked the King by wearing a black crop top with the message ‘My father’s name is Mana, not Vajiralongkorn’ written on his back.” That led to a 112 “complaint was filed against him by Waritsanun Sribawornthanakit.”

That royalist “also filed a complaint against Jatuporn Sae-Ung, 23, for participating in the same protest,” claiming that Jatuporn “ridiculed the Queen by wearing a pink Thai traditional dress to the fashion show and walking along a red carpet under an umbrella held by another protester.”

Jatuporn was already indicted on 15 July 2021, charged under Article 112. She is on bail, with the court setting “conditions that she must not repeat her offences, participate in activities that damage the monarchy, or leave the country.”





Lese majeste hits another teen

24 09 2021

The Bangkok Post reports that Akkarasorn Opilan, 17, a “niece of Progressive Movement leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, [has] reported to the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) yesterday [23 Sept] to answer a lese majeste charge.”

The charge against her “related to a Feb 13 social media post concerning clashes between police and anti-government protesters in front of the Criminal Court.”

The post had been removed but was captured by internet vigilantes and it was again the ridiculously monikered Thailand Help Center for Cyberbullying Victims, an online ultra-royalist group, that made the complaint to police. In almost all recent cases of recent lese majeste and sedition cases, it has been this group, headed up by extreme rightists Nangnoi Assawakittikorn and Nopadol Prompasit, that had run to the police.

No further details are currently available.





Royalist child abuse

2 06 2021

PPT has posted previously on what we called juvenile lese majeste (see here and here). But reading a Prachatai report that details a lese majeste case against a 14 year-old girl, it seems the regime and its supporters have descended into political child abuse.

This child was served with a summons by the Phitsanulok police on 28 May 2021. She was due to appear at the police station on 1 June.

The complaint was filed “by former Action Coalition for Thailand (ACT) MP candidate Nangnoi Assawakittikorn. A dedicated royalist and fascist, Naengnoi “has previously filed complaints under Section 112 against activists Panusaya Sithijirawattanakul, Anon Nampa, Panupong Jadnok, and Parit Chiwarak.”

Naengnoi

Royalist child abuser Naengnoi

Not long ago, she “also filed a libel complaint against a Facebook user for calling her a ‘slave of the dictator’.”

Going after a child is a new low, even for the horrid Naengnoi.

The girl Naengnoi is abusing states “she does not know why the complaint was filed and does not know Nangnoi personally.”

She believes that Naengnoi has stalked her for her comments about royalists who opposed protests in Phitsanulok in 2020. she made comments about the royalist groups who were against the protests.

Police officers had earlier contacted her and told her that an Article 112 complaint had been made against her, but “she decided not to speak to the officers until she received the summons last Friday (28 May).”

Special Branch police had “also contacted the girl’s mother on 23 February, asking to discuss with her about sharing Facebook posts about the monarchy. The officers wanted the girl to delete the posts, saying that she would face no charges if she did so.”

The girl has “said that she is surprised that an adult would press a politically motivated charge against a minor…. However, she said that she will enter the judicial process and has already contacted a lawyer.”

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights say that “the girl is the 7th person under the age of 18 to face charges under Section 112.”





Juvenile lese majeste II

25 05 2021

112Not for the first time, a teenager, under 18 at the time of the alleged offense, has been indicted under Article 112 or lese majeste.

Thanakorn, nicknamed Petch, with surname withheld, an LGBTQ activist, was arrested for “taking part in a protest in December, to demand reform of the country’s monarchy…”.

It is reported that the “decision to indict was made on April 9th, but was only found out yesterday … [25 May 2021]  when the teenager reported himself to the Central Juvenile and Family Court.”

The now 18-year-old was charged in January when he was 17 years old. He was charged with “having given a speech during which he insulted the monarchy…”.

Petch denies the allegation and the court “released him on a bail of 5,000 baht … [with t]he next hearing … on June 11th.” He is reportedly worried about the injustices seen in recent lese majeste cases and for the future of democracy in Thailand. Petch was supported by his father who criticized prosecutions for expressing opinions and urged protesters on.

Petch also a total of five charges. In addition to lese majeste, he faces charges of sedition and violation of the Emergency Decree.





Updated: The 112 tally

15 01 2021

It is now almost three months since Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha “declared that “all laws and all articles” will be enforced against protesters who break the law.” And we can amuse that recent lese majeste charges and arrests reflect his recent demand that various “agencies to speed up their investigations into lese majeste cases regarding unlawful online content and to take legal action against the suspects.”

We might also assume that this changed of direction on lese majeste – from not using it to an avalanche of cases – must reflect an order from the king. After all, Gen Prayuth stated that the king told him not to use it, and it would be unimaginable that Prayuth would change this policy without a direction from the palace.

Using Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) data, Thai PBS tallies some of the results of the regime’s extensive Article 112 campaign:

At least 234 people were charged in 145 criminal cases stemming from the rallies between July and December 2020, TLHR said.

Among them are six juveniles who were charged with sedition and lese majeste….

Between November 24 and December 31 last year, the group handled 24 cases involving 38 individuals charged with lèse majesté. The accused included one minor and several university students….

Prominent anti-establishment figures facing charges include Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, who has 26 cases, Arnon Nampa (20 cases), Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul (10 cases), and Panupong “Mike” Jadnok (16 cases)….

Less than two weeks into the new year, some 20 protesters have already met police to acknowledge charges of Royal defamation [Article 112].

Patsaravalee “Mind” Tanakitvibulpon faces “nine charges, including lèse majesté, and is waiting to see whether public prosecutors decide to indict her.” Arnon said “he did not remember how many lawsuits have been triggered by his role in youth-led protests.”

Meanwhile, with protests on virus hold, “leaders have been keeping the campaign alive by posting regular social-media messages slamming the government.” In addition, there’s a “guerrilla campaign”across the country with banners and graffiti appearing regularly. Banners calling for “the repeal of draconian lèse majesté law have also been spotted around the city, including at Hua Lamphong Railway Station, Thammasat University, a shopping mall and pedestrian bridges.” Other efforts have targeted king and regime.

The regime is now seeking to use lese majeste against the “guerrillas.”

Update: The recent anti-monarchy campaigns online have seen royalists, regime and military using online resources. They are supporting lese majeste.





Land of (no) compromise V

19 12 2020

As the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights (UNHCR) says it is “deeply troubled” and expresses “alarm” and “dismay,” the lese majeste total tops 35, including a child, and the number grows by the day.

The regime will ignore the UN and the slithering foreign minister will again explain that the is embedded in “Thai” DNA.

The child was one of “[t]wo students facing charges under the lèse majesté law for participating in a ‘fashion show’ during a pro-democracy protest on Silom Road…”. Apparently this lampooned the monarchy, thereby insulting and defaming it:

Jatuporn Sae-Ung, 23, and Noppasin (last name withheld), 16, went to Yannawa Police Station to hear the charges after they were accused of insulting the Queen by wearing Thai traditional dress, a gesture seen as mockery of the royal family, at a “fashion show” during the protest on Silom Road on 29 October 2020.

Of course, having the convicted drug trafficker, thug, serial liar, fraudster, fake degree holder, nepotist, misogynist, “dark influence,” and the remarkably unusually wealthy Thammanat Prompao as a minister is just perfect. Dressing up is the major problem.








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