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.





More on lese majeste cases

28 12 2015

red candleAs usual, it is Prachatai doing the hard work on reporting lese majeste cases. In two reports earlier today, it details two cases, one well-known and the other unknown until now.

The first case is that of factory worker Thanakorn Siripaiboon, accused in a military court of mocking Thong Daeng, the king’s favorite bitch, now dead. (We are sure that the military dictatorship will arrange a suitably grand and taxpayer-funded funeral for the dead dog.)

The military court refused bail for a second time on 25 December 2015, and allowed police to detain him “for a second period of 12 days with the possibility of further extensions.” Bail was refused because of “the severity of the case, as it is related to national security and the … monarchy, and flight risk. ”

The second case involves a young man identified by the pseudonym Oh, from Ubol. who has been in jail for 18 months of a 15 year sentence. He was originally arrested in March 2012 and granted bail. His case was reactivated after the 2014 coup.  Oh was charged for” 9 Facebook posts or 9 offences of defaming, insulting or threatening the monarchy” and was sentenced under both Article 112 and the Computer Crimes Act. Oh and his family claim that he committed the alleged offenses under pressure from a state spy.





Khaosod censored on lese majeste

15 12 2015

Censorship or self-censorship? Khaosod states:

From the Editors of Khaosod English.

We have removed a Dec. 14 article about a lese majeste (royal defamation) charge against a 27-year-old man named Thanakorn Siripaiboon, per instruction from Khaosod’s editorial management, who feared that content in the article might lead to possible legal action.

The decision was made solely by the editorial management of Khaosod newspaper, which owns Khaosod English. We have not received any order from authorities to remove the article.

As a news agency based in Thailand, Khaosod English is obliged to comply with Thai laws. However, we strive to serve the public interest by presenting objective, accurate news reports.

PPT assumes that this is the story taken down:

Pravit censored

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By Pravit Rojanaphruk
Senior Staff Writer

BANGKOK — In a first-ever case of its kind, suspected lese majeste offender Thanakorn Siripaiboon has been accused of violating the law against defaming the monarchy by spreading “sarcastic” content which mocked His Majesty the King’s dog, Tong Daeng.

At Thanakorn’s arraignment this morning before a military tribunal, a prosecutor said one of two offenses he’s charged with involves images posted to Facebook regarding the king’s dog.

“On Dec. 6, 2015, the suspect copied three images from Twitter and spread it on [his] personal Facebook,” read part of the prosecutor’s remark at the military court today. “These are images which contain sarcastic contents about the royal dog…” Poonsuk Poonsukcharoen, a lawyer at the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights which has provided legal representation to Thanakorn since his arrest Wednesday, said the team is puzzled by the charge.

“Our view is that the [lese majeste] law doesn’t cover the royal dog… But in the end, the one who will interpret it is the military court,” said Poonsuk, noting that another unusual aspect about the court’s proceeding today was that no details were given about the alleged lese majeste content.

Typically the details of the offense are read out in court, details of which are routinely self-censored in media reports due to their hypersensitive nature. Specified in Article 112 of the criminal code, the law as written applies only to direct offenses against His Majesty the King, Her Majesty the Queen, the Crown Prince and the Regent.

Although the specific message was not identified, Thanakorn posted three images to Facebook related to the dog on Dec. 6. One was an image about Tong Daeng’s royal connection, and two were screenshots of comments from other social media users. At the top, Thanakorn wrote how much he was “emotionally moved” by their sentiments.

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

Lese majeste is punishable by up to 15 years per offense, and since the military seized power in 2014, civilians have been tried in military courts.

A request for bail for Thanakorn was denied by the court on Monday afternoon, according to Amorn Nampa of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights. He wrote that the court cited the seriousness of the charges.

An animated film inspired by Khun Tong Daeng is currently showing throughout the kingdom.

In February 2014 a man writing under the name Bandid Aneeya was convicted of insulting His Majesty the King, Prachatai reported, for writing allegorically about a dog the court deemed a reference to Tong Daeng intended to defame the king. The court ruled he was mentally ill and suspended his sentence.

Update: This story has been updated with information about the 2014 conviction of Bandid Aneeya.





Updated: Palace bitch defamed

14 12 2015

A few days ago we happened to mention the king’s pooch Thong Daeng. We said that, like the king and his family, the favorite royal dog is great, a gem and highly talented. In fact, the bitch is to be venerated.

We added that in any 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 loony.

Thong DaengLittle did we know that a lese majeste case would result from someone spoofing the royal pooch.

Several media sources are now reporting that:

… suspected lese majeste offender Thanakorn Siripaiboon has been accused of violating the law against defaming the monarchy by spreading “sarcastic” content which mocked … the [k]ing’s dog, Tong Daeng.

[Prosecutors stated that] … On Dec. 6, 2015, the suspect copied three images from Twitter and spread it on [his] personal Facebook…. These are images which contain sarcastic contents about the royal dog….

… Although the specific message was not identified, Thanakorn posted three images to Facebook related to the dog on Dec. 6. One was an image about Tong Daeng’s royal connection, and two were screenshots of comments from other social media users. At the top, Thanakorn wrote how much he was “emotionally moved” by their sentiments.

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

Anyone with even half a brain will recognize this as official and royalist lunacy. At this point in Thailand’s descent into royalist insanity, it is crystal clear that the wording of the lese majeste, as draconian as it is, has been thrown aside. It doesn’t apply to dogs or dead kings or some members of the royal family, but what the law says is ignored in a frenzy of repression and fear (of the future, succession, opposition, loss or power, etc.).*

At least Thanakorn was finally produced, having been held in a secret military jail for several days. In another act of junta idiocy, Prachatai is threatened with a defamation case for saying Thanakorn was at the 11th Military Circle military-controlled prison. Today it is reported that Thanakorn was taken back there.

As anticipated, the Bangkok Post reports that while at the military court today:

Thanakorn recorded a confession on a video clip about six minutes long, saying that he posted on the social media the infographic of an alleged “corruption chart” — which implicates many people in the alleged irregularities which have plagued the construction of Rajabhakti Park … with an intention to provoke and attack the government.

Confession is “required” in all lese majeste cases going to the military court; it allows those involved to be locked up with only perfunctory court appearances before incompetent and politically-biased military officers sitting as “judges.”

Update: The Bangkok Post reports that the military court approved Thanakorn being held for a further 12 days of interrogation and isolation. The Post also states that “Thanakorn also released a confession in a six-minute clip yesterday, saying he was responsible for the campaign against the government. He also asked other activists not to exploit his arrest to pursue their political agenda.” That sounds like the junta speaking.

Also reported is that:

… about 10 members of the New Democracy Movement led by Rangsiman Rome yesterday read out a statement criticising authorities for pressing lese majeste charges and inciting disorder against those who posted or shared the diagram.

Mr Rangsiman admitted the diagram was created by his group’s Facebook page but called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to clarify the details.

He said he was ready to work with authorities but insisted that without the prime minister’s explanations, the public could believe the government was using the lese majeste law to distract attention from the Rajabhakti scandal.

Student activist Sirawith Seritiwat yesterday lodged a petition with the Criminal Court seeking the release of another suspect being detained over sharing the Rajabhakti diagram.

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*Khaosod says that Bundith Arniya was convicted for “writing allegorically about a dog the court deemed a reference to Tong Daeng intended to defame the king.” We have not heard this previously.





On Thanakorn’s enforced disappearance

13 12 2015

Released by Asian Human Rights Commission:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AHRC-FST- 044-2015
December 12, 2015

A Statement from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission

THAILAND: Public Statement on the Enforced Disappearance of Mr. Thanakorn Siripaiboon

Mr. Thanakorn Siripaiboon, a factory worker in a private company, was arrested from his workplace in Samut Prakan on 8 December 2015. He was accused by Maj Gen Wijarn Jodtaeng and Colonel Burin Thongprapai, legal officers of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) for violating Section 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act (CCA) and Sections 112 (lese majeste) and 116 (sedition) of the Penal Code as a result of his postings about alleged corruption in the construction of the Rajabhakti Park.

The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) has been contacted by his relatives and asked to give legal assistance on 9 December 2015. We have made an inquiry to the Nakhon Chaisri temporary remand facility located in the 11th Military Circle, and were informed by the custodian officer that Mr. Thanakorn was not being held in custody there and they had no idea of his whereabouts. Meanwhile, a plain-cloth military officer from an unknown unit has informed us that Mr. Thanakorn was being held in custody invoking Section 44 of the 2014 Interim Constitution, though he could not provide more information about his whereabouts.

The following day on 11 December 2015, Mr. Thanakorn’s relatives were informed by the Samut Prakan police that the case had been reported to the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) and advised that they contact the authority. TLHR has thus approached the Subdivision 2 of the CSD but could not find Mr. Thanakorn. We were informed by the CSD police that the case had been reported to them and the arrest warrant against Mr. Thanakorn was issued, but he was not yet sent to police custody.

Since the arrest of Mr. Thanakorn on 8 December 2015 until the present, for over four days, even though his relatives and the TLHR lawyers have been looking for him, but we have not been informed any detail formally by the concerned authorities and could not contact Mr. Thanakorn. We have no idea where the military authorities have Mr. Thanakorn held in custody. His fates remain unknown.

The TLHR has found the deprivation of liberty against an individual by the military officer invoking the Order of the Head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) No. 3/2015 concerning the maintenance of public order and national security which allows the holding in custody of an individual for not longer than seven days in an undisclosed location a breach to the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CED) which has been acceded to by Thailand since 9 January 2012. The act concerns the deprivation of liberty of an individual by state authorities and the subsequent concealment of the location where the person is being held subjecting him to a fate beyond the protection of the law. Since the Order has become effective, there has been no cases that either the Peace and Order Maintenance officer or the military officer who have made the arrest declare formally where they have the person held in custody. Therefore, it has to be assumed that Mr. Thanakorn Siripaiboon has become a victim of enforced disappearance since 8 December 2015.

The deprivation of liberty against an individual and the detention in an undisclosed location have made the individual vulnerable to many other rights violations including torture or extrajudicial killing. It also deprives the person of safeguards to protect his fundamental rights including the right to legal counsel, the right to have visit by relatives, the right to communicate with outside world, the right to seek judicial review to determine the lawfulness of his detention, etc. The act can be construed as arbitrary arrest and detention and violates Thailand’s obligations as per the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) to which Thailand is a state party and violates Section 4 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim), B.E. 2557 (2014) promulgated by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to recognize the rights and freedoms traditionally enjoyed by the people as far as the international obligations are concerned.

The TLHR calls on the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to respect the Constitution and the international obligations declared to their own people and the international community. They should cease to invoke the powers to make arrest and detention under the Order of the Head of NCPO No. 3/2015 and to disclose the place where a person is being detained. This will ensure that all people have access to the right to judicial process as guaranteed by Article 14 of the ICCPR.





Updated: The lese majeste black hole

13 12 2015

Pravit Rojanaphruk refers to Thailand as “A Kingdom in Denial.” His op-ed refers to the remarkably “efficient” self- and official censorship of Thailand’s mainstream media on anything that might be interpreted as in any way critical of the monarchy. He argues that this process has been “normalized.”

He adds that the flip-side of repression, censorship and the heavy penalties of lese majeste is the ever more ridiculous official veneration of a now invisible monarch and his dysfunctional family.

Pravit is right. But Thailand under the military dictatorship is bleaker than even he suggests.

As Pravit wrote, the junta had its military and police lese majeste thugs out searching for another “dangerous” Facebook fan who clicked “like” on the “wrong” link. They promise that “hundreds” more could follow, filling the jails with political “opponents.”

An military court has issued an arrest warrant for 25-year-old Thanet Anantawong. He “faces charges of lese majeste, inciting disorder and computer crimes.” Reports say he “shared” the same “infographic detailing the alleged [sic.] web of corruption in the Rajabhakti Park scandal.”

A photo from The Straits TimesIn fact, the corruption has been admitted by General Udomdej Sitabutr. He seems to have disappeared from the headlines as the lese majeste witch hunt takes over.

The police say that Thanet “was among a group of student activists who attempted to visit Rajabhakti Park in Hua Hin on Monday, but were intercepted by military officers.” Those military officers some in uniform and others disguised as “protesters” against the students, are just one part of the junta’s cover-up of military corruption that extends into the palace.

The military say will be taking Thanakorn, a 27 year-old worker, to a military court tomorrow.

The connection between Corruption Park, the military and the palace is said by the junta to involve “the royal institution indirectly because it includes references to Suriyan “Mor Yong” Sucharitpolwong — the well-known fortune teller charged with lese majeste who recently died in military custody.”

This claim that lese majeste is involved is ludicrous. Given that the military junta brought lese majeste charges against Suriyan, then presumably they must also arrest themselves and everyone else involved with the case. This is the lese majeste vortex at work sucking in and destroying “opponents.” It is at work because the junta is covering up its own corruption with the use of lese majeste charges.

The situation is obvious to everyone but the dictatorship holds all the repressive cards.

Thailand is in a lese majeste repression black hole that operates as a dark vortex. It sucks in not just opponents but deforms everything in the country – institutions, civil society, habits and more. This is not a political transformation but a societal deformation in the interests of an oligarchy that protects its capacity to exploit, consuming the country, its people, everything.

Update: The Bangkok Post reports that Thanet has been arrested and taken to the deadly military prison at the 11th Military Circle. Social media reports that he was snatched from a hospital bed.





HRW on fears for Thanakorn

12 12 2015

Human Rights Watch has issued an alert on Thanakorn Siripaiboon, who was taken by military thugs on 8 December and accused of lese majeste (for liking a picture of the king on Facebook that is claimed to have been altered) and for having drawn attention to military corruption by sharing an infographic on Corruption Park. The following is the HRW alert:

Thailand: Junta Critic Feared ‘Disappeared’
Lese Majeste Charge for Facebook ‘Like’

Thai authorities should immediately disclose the whereabouts of Thanakorn Siripaiboon, a critic of Thailand’s junta who has reportedly been held in secret military custody since December 8, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today.

On December 8, soldiers and police arrested Thanakorn, a 27-year-old factory worker, at his house in Samutprakarn province’s Muang district and took him for questioning about alleged sedition and lese majeste (insulting the monarchy) at an undisclosed location. Since then, the police, the military, and the corrections department have all denied knowledge of Thanakorn’s whereabouts to his family and lawyers, raising grave concerns for his safety.

“Thanakorn’s secret detention should set off flashing red lights – especially since the Thai authorities failed to resolve two recent deaths of detainees in military custody,” said Brad Adams, Asia director. “Thailand’s junta has increasingly flouted international legal protections by holding civilian detainees incommunicado in military camps.”

Thanakorn was arrested for sharing Facebook infographics alleging that Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha and other members of the ruling junta, the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), committed corruption in the Rajabhakti Park project. Rajabhakti Park, a newly built park on army land that honors Thailand’s monarchy, has been plagued by reports of misuse of funds.

Thanakorn faces charges of violating the Computer Crime Act and section 116 of the penal code – the equivalent of sedition. He was also accused of committing lese majeste under section 112 of the penal code for giving a “Like” to an image on Facebook that the authorities consider offensive to the monarchy.

According to a media interview on December 9 by Maj. Gen. Wicharn Jodtaeng, chief of the NCPO’s Legal Office, Thanakorn was initially taken to the Police Technology Crime Suppression Division before being held in custody at an undisclosed military camp for further inquiry. Samutprakarn province police told Thanakorn’s parents that he was held at the 11th Army Circle military base. But his family and lawyers from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights could not get permission to visit him or receive formal confirmation that he was actually detained there.

Human Rights Watch has repeatedly raised serious concerns regarding secret military detention in Thailand. The risk of enforced disappearance, torture, and other ill-treatment significantly increases when detainees are held incommunicado in military detention. Enforced disappearances are defined under international law as the arrest or detention of a person by state officials or their agents followed by a refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty, or to reveal the person’s fate or whereabouts. Enforced disappearances violate a range of fundamental human rights protected under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), to which Thailand is a party, including prohibitions against arbitrary arrest and detention; torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment; and extrajudicial execution.

Since the May 2014 coup, the NCPO has detained hundreds of politicians, activists, journalists, and people they accuse of supporting the deposed government, disrespecting or offending the monarchy, or being involved in anti-junta protests and activities. Many of these people have been held incommunicado in military camps where they have been interrogated without safeguards against torture and other ill-treatment.

“The Thai government should put to rest fears that Thanakorn has been forcibly disappeared by immediately disclosing his location and allowing his family and lawyers access,” Adams said. “The United Nations human rights agency and concerned governments should press General Prayut to end secret detentions and provide a full accounting of detainee treatment in military custody.”





Updated: Military, monarchy and madness

12 12 2015

As Thailand descends further into a dark political space, apparently due to the military junta’s fears and its responses to this that invokes hyper-royalism. Both military regime and monarchy are deemed above criticism and “protection involves widespread oppression, censorship and the gleeful use of lese majeste, defamation and other laws used to repress.

Even a royal dog is significant: Like the king and his family, the favorite royal dog is great, a gem and highly talented. In fact, the pooch is to be venerated. According to Wikipedia, Thong Daeng has an exact birth date, which seems odd given the legend of the king finding a stray. But truth doesn’t matter when concocting palace propaganda.

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. There was even a report that Thong Daeng has been implicated in a lese majeste case!

Thong Daeng is being promoted because the king, unseen for a considerable time, can’t be. The latest use of the flea trap is an “animated film based on the Thai King’s favourite dog, a potent symbol used by the monarch through stories to dispense advice to the nation…”. As expected in politically-divided Thailand, fearful of the military and of succession, the film “shot to number two at the box office.” Potential for lese majeste there, for the film should surely have been number one.

Titled “Khun Tongdaeng: The Inspiration,” the film emphasizes the features required by the miltiary dictatorship and the monarchy: “The behaviour of Khun Tongdaeng has been widely recognised and renowned for her incredible loyalty, gratefulness and bravery…”.

In any 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 loony.

More Bike for Dad ridiculousness: The Bike for Dad event is seen by many as an inauspicious propaganda exercise. Said to be organized by the unpopular Prince Vajiralongkorn, who received a posterior polish from The Dictator at the event, it has been mired in corruption and assassination plot allegations. In addition, several advisers to the prince have been jailed and two have died in custody.

Perhaps this is why reports state that “[i]n Bangkok alone, 99,999 people had registered on the official ‘Bike for Dad’ website…”. Such an auspicious number is obviously concocted in order to provide a little good luck for the ridiculous event. The media rushes to add that “the actual number of riders was higher, including those who could register.” Watching the event on television, the numbers looked very low. Those who did participate and who were interviewed parroted glib phrases about loving the king and the monarchy.

More political arrests: Prachatai reports that the military junta has “detained a 21-year-old activist briefly in relation to his earlier visit to Rajabhakti Park with other activists and forced him to sign an agreement not the engage in any political activity.” Chatmongkon Wanli was threatened by a high ranking officer. He was forced to “sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promise that he would not participate in any political activity. He is also facing a charge for failing to take part in the military draft. We imagine that if he is drafted he will be brutalized and perhaps killed, which is not unusual in the military.

Defamation to silence dissent: Lese majeste is used to silence critics and so are the defamation and computer crime laws. In a bizarre case, Prachatai has been accused by “Boonyarak Boonyatikarn, Head of the Remand Facility at the 11th Military Circle Base” of “criminal defamation and violations the 2007 Computer Crime Act for reporting mistaken facts about a lèse majesté and sedition suspect [Thanakorn Siripaiboon] arrested for posting infographics about Rajabhakti Park.”

Prachatai reported that Thanakorn “was detained at the Remand Facility at the 11th Military Circle Base on Tuesday night before he was transferred to detention at an unknown location.” Boonyarak does not seem to deny that the suspect was held at the military base, but says “he has never told any lawyer or media that the suspect was detained at the remand facility under his care.” How the report damages Boonyarak, who says he heads a facility where at least two suspects have died in mysterious circumstances while in custody, is unclear. Presumably murder and/or negligence is okay, but not Prachatai’s report.

Defamation to protect the corrupt bastards: In yet another bizarre report, Khaosod tells the world that murderous officials and other “dark influences” have more power than any law in Thailand. Police are in a spin after Police Major-General Paween Pongsirin, who led the investigation into the trafficking and murder of Rohingya migrants, sought political asylum in Australia. He says – and he should know – that “influential figures in the government, military and police want him dead…”. They want him dead because he is threatening their corrupt networks that have made admirals, generals and their wives fabulously wealthy. Because of this the police are “considering suing a former officer investigating human trafficking for defamation over comments he made implicating senior officials in the trade.” Protecting the wealthy, corrupt and royal is all that seems to matter. Law is way down the list in the military’s royalist Thailand.

We realize that we have been using words like “mad” and “insane” quite frequently of late. But what else is it that is infecting the regime and royalists if not mass insanity.

Update: Conversion with a royalist. Sent by a reader:

She starts off by mentioning that Thailand’s 30 Baht health care is helping the people. I say, “Wasn’t that started up by Thaksin?” – knowing full well it would trigger autoimmune reflexes.
“No!” She said. “It was a doctor, a Thai doctor, who came up with the idea.”
“Oh,” I say, “And who was it?”
“I don’t know his name, but he was the one.”
“But didn’t Thaksin put the idea into effect through the 30 Baht health care program?”
“Yes, but it wasn’t his idea.”
Next, again at my slight push in the ‘wrong direction’, we began talking about people going to jail for long terms by saying or writing things that have no impact whatsoever on national security.
“They are trying to destroy the monarchy.”
“Isn’t that something that you have been told or read, and that in fact you as an individual don’t really know anything about it?”
“No!!..they are really trying. I hope the army tracks them all down and eliminates them.”
“Even though you don’t know who those people are?”
“I know.”
“Good. Then can you give me one name…just one?”
“I know them and who they are, in any event!”
“Fine, then just give me one name. I’d like to know.”
“They are trying to destroy the monarchy. This is Thailand. We are not the west. The west is interfering trying to control us.”…saying this knowing I am an American.
“Isn’t all this hatred just what you have been conditioned with all your life and you are not using your own mind to make a reasonable judgment? Isn’t it a fact that almost all of the so-called people who are alleged by you to be trying to bring down the monarchy…isn’t it true that these ideas have been put into your head?”
“They are trying to destroy the monarchy. The ambassador even criticized…”
I was able to terminate the ‘conversation’ by dropping this Yellow Shirt, pro PDRC, pro-“find ’em and wipe ’em out!” patriot wannabee. Scary, stupid, only one way to get this termite out of the woodwork.





More on Thanakorn’s lese majeste case

11 12 2015

A 27-year-old factory worker is seen as so dangerous by the repressive military dictatorship that it is piling charges upon him, including several lese majeste charges. He is likely to be jailed for decades.

Thanakorn Siripaiboon was arrested for posting infographics about Rajabhakti Park corruption – we call it Corruption Park. He is now held in the deadly military-controlled “special” prison at the 11th Circle Military Base on Nakhon Chaisi Road in Bangkok.

In addition, he is now facing sedition and lese majeste charges for “liking … Facebook pictures.”

Remarkable in any modern society, but why does the junta fear Thanakorn so much? Why is he considered to threaten national security?

The junta says he has posted or “liked” on an “anti-establishment red shirt Facebook group called ‘The National Red Shirts Association’.” What bothers them is that they think the “red shirt Facebook group is an ‘anti-government’ and ‘anti-monarchy’ group, which has about 60,000 members…”.

The military thugs promise more arrests. We think they are trying to scare all opposition by making an example of Thanakorn. Like all authoritarian leaders, they think disciplining a nation is like disciplining slaves.





Lese majeste and the protection of the junta’s right to corruption

10 12 2015

The Bangkok Post and several media report that yet another red shirt has been hit with a lese majeste charge.

Lese majeste is a “crime” used by rightist regimes in Thailand to protect themselves and the hierarchical royalist social order.

The Post reports that a humble “worker at Samut Prakan’s Bang Pu Industrial Estate has been arrested for allegedly disseminating online a diagram accusing government figures of known irregularities in Rajabhakti Park and lese majeste offences.”

The junta was peeved and went after him for daring to attack them. They have thrown in a lese majeste charge so that they can really punish this man who dares to challenge the corrupt thugs running Thailand. They are desperate to cover up their corruption.

The junta’s chief legal gangster has said that “soldiers arrested Thanakorn Siripaiboon, 27, at a company where he worked in tambon Praksa in Muang district on Tuesday afternoon, using special powers under Section 44 of the interim charter.” Why they needed “special powers” is anyone’s guess, for this is a worker with few connections.

The military thugs “searched his home and seized his computer and his mobile phone.” Thanakorn was “taken to the Technology Crime Suppression Division before being held in custody at an undisclosed military camp for further inquiry…”. Thanakorn is no threat to anyone, most especially not to the crippled monarchy.

The Crime Suppression Division accuse Thanakorn of “posting the diagram which circulated on the social media a few days ago.” Everyone knows that the military is corrupt and that the junta is covering up. By re-posting a diagram, he is seen as a threat to the regime. That’s how paranoid this gang of thugs are.

As usual, the military declares that Thanakorn has confessed. He is alleged to have stated that “he posted the diagram because he wanted anti-government people to gather and oppose the junta.” Good for him! Yet, he is small fry and unlikely to have any impact.

But why lese majeste? Thanakorn is accused of clicking “like” on a Facebook post by someone else that the military gang thinks is “anti-monarchy.”

That’s right, he could now go to jail for more than 15 years for clicking “like” on Facebook.

He faces other ludicrous charges of group sedition, and violating the Computer Crime Act.

At Khaosod it is stated that the “infographic was created first and posted Monday by the New Democracy Movement, a pro-democracy group opposed to the ruling junta.” This infographic is not seditious. The reason the man has been grabbed is because The Dictator wet his pants when he saw the graphic and ordered it removed.

So Thanakorn’s “crime” is to have caused General Prayuth Chan-ocha some political indigestion. Is The Dictator so thin skinned and prissy? It seems he is.

The junta is clearly frightened by Corruption Park. Deputy junta chairman General Prawit Wongsuwan has declared

“Don’t ask too much about Rajabhakti…. Ask something else. There’s no point asking about this.”

“Please stop mentioning this already. It damages confidence a lot. You’re Thais, why do this? The government is working for the country. Therefore, the media must help us out.”

Opposing military dictatorship and military corruption is now “unThai.”








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