Eight accused of royal defamation for burning royal arches

August 17, 2017

The public prosecutor has charged eight people of royal defamation for burning royal arches. ?? On 16 August 2017, at the Provincial Court of Phon District of Khon Kaen Province, the prosecutor indicted eight individuals (whose identities are withheld due to privacy concerns) of violation of Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, criminal association, and destruction of public property, the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported . According to the police, the six of the eight, who are between 18-20 years old of age, burned several arches erected in honour of the late King Bhumibol and King Vajiralongkorn in Chonnabot District of Khon Kaen on 3 May 2017. While the two other are accused allegedly preparing to burn another similar arch in Pueai Noi District. They were allegedly hired by a man named ‘Pricha’ and other persons who are still at large.

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