The bitch is dead, lese majeste madness prevails

13 02 2016

PPT’s record of lese majeste cases is not always as complete as it should be. Although we try to keep up, we are hampered by inconsistent reporting, although, again, we have to give great credit to Prachatai, which does try to follow the cases and to iLaw, which tries to document them. Governments pursuing lese majeste cases don’t always advertise this and some cases are heard in secret. Cases in provincial courts seldom get mentioned.

So we are unsure if we have an accurate recording of lese majeste cases that have involved Thong Daeng, the now dead bitch that was the aged king’s favorite mutt, and which was added into the mix of ludicrous royalist adulation of the monarch and which the king decided to boost with the nonsensical notion that the royal fleabag should be some kind of model for the citizenry.

Our list of lese majeste cases involving the now deceased dog is three. Khaosod mentioned a case against Bundith Arniya who it states was convicted for “writing allegorically about a dog the court deemed a reference to Tong Daeng intended to defame the king.” There was also a report of businessman Praphat Darasawang for defaming the king on Facebook when he disagreed on Facebook with the king’s comparison of his dog to people. We have no further news on either case.

And, of course, there is the case of Thanakorn Siripaiboon who has been accused and will likely be charged with violating the lese majeste law by spreading “sarcastic” content via Facebook which allegedly mocked Thong Daeng while the royal tailwagger.

Prosecutors stated that on 6 December 2015 Thanakorn copied three images from Twitter and spread it on his Facebook page. The royalist bloodhounds said the images contained “sarcastic” content about the royal mongrel.

Thanakorn also faces another charge of lese majeste for clicking “Like” on a doctored image of the king on Facebook and a charge of sedition for sharing an infographic detailing alleged corruption behind the construction of the scandal-plagued Rajabhakti/Corruption Park.

Prachatai reports that a military court “has again denied bail to a lèse majesté suspect accused of mocking the King’s dog while the suspect’s defence lawyer maintains that the case does not fall under the lèse majesté law.”

Of course, no dead dog is covered by the law. But under the military dictatorship and under the royalist judiciary – military or otherwise – any interpretation of the law is possible for dead kings, ancient kings, dynasties and pet pooches. The result of this interpretation – and we use the term loosely because the law is actually very clear – is not only political but it is nonsensical and crosses the line into psychosis, where judges and those standing behind them have lost touch with reality and exhibit personality changes and thought disorder based on their perception that they are protecting the monarchy. Hence the courts and those promoting the use of lese majeste exhibit bizarre behavior, and experience difficulty with social interactions (say, with the media).

Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) report that on 11 February 2016, the military court denied bail and, for a sixth time, extended Thanakorn’s pre-trial detention. The police say they haven’t finished their investigations and are “now gathering forensic computer evidence…”.

Thanakorn’s lawyer made several representations: “that prolonging the detention of the suspect violates human rights since the accusations against Thanakorn are disproportionate to his actions and the investigation of the case is taking too long;” that he should not have been charged under Article 112 as the law is clear that no dead dog is covered by it; and that  Thanakorn “should not have been charged under Article 116, the sedition law, for posting an infographic on the Rajabhakti park corruption scandal.”

As is expected in these increasingly bizarre lese majeste cases, the military court dismissed all representations.

Thanakorn was taken into custody at his house in Samut Prakan Province on 8 December 2015. Military and police officers invoked Article 44 on national security to enable them to arrest him, a completely unnecessary ruse when it comes to the lawlessness that prevails in lese majeste cases.





Thong Daeng, Facebook and lese majeste

19 12 2014

Can it really be true? PPT posted on the lese majeste case brought against 41 year-old businessman Praphat Darasawang for “defaming the king on Facebook.”

Prachatai now reports that the lese majeste complaint has something to do with the king’s aged mutt Thong Daeng.

The royal woofers are apparently very significant in a society that enforces ultra-royalism. For more commentary on doggy nonsense and ultra-royalism, see this post from 2009. This indicates that the madness associated with royal dogs has been afflicting royal posterior polishers for a considerable time. And, don’t forget the bizarre Woody incident with another royal tail wagger.

In any reasonably sane society such royal ridiculousness would be treated with the scorn it deserves and the participants would rightly be considered strange, a bit deranged or laughably looney.

Not in ultra-royalist Thailand under the military dictatorship.

Prachatai tells us that Praphat’s “alleged Facebook post, published on December 7, expressed dissatisfaction about the King’s praise of the dog and the King’ comparison between the dog and others…”. By others, it seems to mean humans. It is alleged that “Praphat shared a headline of a news story which read [The King] praises Tongdaeng not arrogant. Unlike other [humans/คนอื่น] who likes to be arrogant.” Praphat allegedly “added a comment which expressed his anger and questioned about the comparison following by curses.”

Lese majeste has now reached the lowest level ever, although this depth may well be tested again as the deaths of king and queen approach and the military dictatorship deals with succession.

While many will consider this situation comical, for Praphat, it is extremely serious and could result in a couple of decades in jail.

As a footnote, Thong Daeng became the king’s pooch in 1998, and at what must now be a grand age for mutts, must be getting anti-aging therapy.





Facebook lese majeste cases grow

18 12 2014

The military dictatorship has been working hard to track down any whiff of lese majeste on Facebook. It is helped by ultra-royalist snitches who scour the internet looking for the allegedly disloyal.

Why the snitches spend so much time doing this has something to do with a fear for the future. It also has to do with a desire to protect a system of political, social and economic power that revolves around the monarchy. And, no doubt, it also reflects a deeply-embedded fascist mindset that all the “loyalty” to the monarchy propaganda has perpetuated.

There have now been several accusations of lese majeste based on Facebook posts.

Both Prachatai and ASTV/Manager report that the Army has filed a police complaint on 16 December 2014 in Chiang Rai, accusing businessman 41 year-old Praphat Darasawang “of defaming the king on Facebook.”

ASTV/Manager implies that internet vigilantes tracked Praphat as a red shirt supporter, stating that “the problematic post attracted several comments, adding that the there have been several posts in the same fashion before but were not obvious lese majeste.”