Posts Tagged ‘ article 112 ’

Tom Dundee faces fourth lèse majesté charge

February 13, 2018

A singer-turned-red-shirt-activist has pled guilty to his fourth lèse majesté charge for comparing Thailand with Denmark, where the King has to stop at traffic lights. ? On 13 February 2018, the Bangkok Criminal Court summoned Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 60, to attend his trial for lèse majesté. Thanat’s stage name is Tom Dundee . A...
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An account of exile

January 30, 2018

Chanoknan Ruamsap ? Note: On 27 September, Chanoknan Ruamsap, a recent political science graduate from Chulalongkorn University and the former spokesperson for the New Democracy Movement, announced via her personal Facebook account that she had decided to go into exile after being summoned for an accusation of violating Article 112 of the Criminal...
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Lessons from the latest political lawsuit of Sulak Sivaraksa

January 29, 2018

Sulak Sivaraksa ? In 2016, two retired military officers, Lt. Gen. Padung Niwatwan and Lt. Gen. Pittaya Vimalin, filed a complaint against me at Chanasongkram Police Station after I took part as a speaker at a seminar on “Thai History: Construction and Deconstruction” run by the Dome Front Agora at Thammasat University on...
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Red-shirt singer faces third lèse majesté charges

January 25, 2018

A prosecutor in Ratchaburi has indicted a red-shirt country singer for lèse majesté, without giving prior notice to the suspect and his lawyer. ? On 25 January 2018, a public prosecutor in Ratchaburi indicted Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 60, for lèse majesté under Article 112 of the Criminal Code. He was accused of making a...
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Blind lèse majesté convict mysteriously bailed

January 25, 2018

An unknown guarantor has offered bail for a blind woman convicted of royal defamation in Yala.? ? On 25 January 2018, Adilan Ali-is-hoe, from Yala Muslim Lawyer Centre, told Prachatai that the court had granted bail for Nuruhayati Masoe, 23, a blind woman accused of lèse majesté, a violation of Article 112 of...
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Sulak admits to petitioning Rama X over lèse majesté lawsuit

January 24, 2018

He had no other choice but to petition the King to encourage the junta to end the prosecution, said the royalist academic. ? After a military prosecutor dropped a royal defamation charge against Sulak Sivaraksa, the renowned social critic and historian posted on 24 January on his Facebook page an article titled “...
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Lèse majesté charges dropped against Sulak over ancient king’s elephant battle

January 17, 2018

All charges were dropped Wednesday morning against Sulak Sivaraksa, renowned social critic and historian, who questioned whether an ancient story of a Thai king’s elephant battle was apocryphal. ? Sulak?walked out of a military courtroom just before 10am after charges of royal defamation and computer crimes were dropped three years after he publicly...
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Ultra-royalist monk faces harassment over lèse majesté lawsuit

January 10, 2018

The anti-election monk has urged the police to stop harassing his disciples after the authorities visited his temple to investigate the lèse majesté allegation against him. ? On 9 January 2018, Suvit Theerathammo, abbot of Wat Or Noi temple, and his lawyer visited the police’s Crimes Suppression Division to ask information about the...
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Visually impaired woman gets 1.5 years in jail for lèse majesté

January 4, 2018

A provincial court in the Deep South has sentenced a woman with visual impairment to one year and six months imprisonment for royal defamation. ? On 4 January 2018, the Provincial Court of Yala sentenced Nuruhayati Masoe, a 23-year-old who is visually impaired, to three years imprisonment for violating Article 112 of the...
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Who is an ‘Heir(-Apparent)?’: An old issue that is still new today

December 21, 2017

Metta Wongwat ? Apart from the problem of interpreting the legal meaning of the term ‘defame’ in Article 112, where the current standards of the courts use a very broad interpretation, the scope of the royal persons protected by the law has a similarly problematic interpretation, despite the fact that the law clearly...
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Authorities censor info on the heir status of ‘crown princess’ Sirindhorn

December 12, 2017

The authorities have repeatedly denied access to legal documents which discuss whether Princess Sirindhorn was an heir apparent to the throne of King Bhumibol, saying that the document could damage the monarchy if published.?? ? On 12 December 2017, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) reported that the Office of Council of the...
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Youths accused of burning royal arches confess to lèse majesté

November 21, 2017

Six men five of whom are still teenagers facing royal defamation charge for burning royal arches in northeastern Thailand have pleaded guilty. On 20 November 2017, the Provincial Court of Phon District in Khon Kaen Province held a preliminary hearing for six suspects indicted for violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the...
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Pai Dao Din faces sexual harassment in prison

November 19, 2017

The student activist convicted for lèse majesté has revealed that a prison staff ordered him to take off clothes and rubbed his genitals five times in a search for drugs.? ? On 16 November 2017, Jatupat Boonpattaraksa, also known as Pai Dao Din, was summoned to Phu Khiao Provincial Court to attend a...
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Trial for poet accused of lèse majesté drags on

November 16, 2017

After being imprisoned for three years and four months, a military court once again postponed a witness hearing for a poet accused of royal defamation. On 15 November 2017, the Military Court of Bangkok postponed the trial for Sirapop (surname withheld for privacy concerns), 53, once again as a witness failed to appear...
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2 men received 2.5 years imprisonment for attempting to burn royal arch

November 16, 2017

A provincial court handed two and a half years jail term to suspects accused of royal defamation for attempting to burn a royal arch. ? On 15 November 2017, the Provincial Court of Phon District in Khon Kaen Province sentenced Noopin, 64, and Chatchai, 25, (surname withheld due to privacy concerns) to five...
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A Decade of Article 112 Cases

November 15, 2017

Metta Wongwat In what follows below, I offer a concise picture of the dynamics and significance of Article 112 over the preceding decade. Some of the sources cannot be fully cited as it may harm those who provided information or defendants in ongoing cases. 1. The number of Article 112 cases is inextricably...
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Detention of 2 lèse majesté convicts arbitrary: UN

October 24, 2017

The UN has concluded that the detention of two lèse majesté convicts each of whom received more than two decades of jail term was done arbitrarily. ?? The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights on 19 October 2017 reported that the UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded that Sasiwimon S...
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Monday review: Big lèse majesté cases and rock star’s charity marathon

October 16, 2017

A rock singer’s charity campaign has sparked debate over the ethics of donation, while a senior scholar is facing a lèse majesté lawsuit for criticising King Naresuan, who ruled the kingdom of Ayutthaya 400 years ago.?? ? Thailand’s lèse majesté law is notorious for its excessive punishments and broad interpretations. Even though the...
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Netizens demand dismissal of lèse majesté charge against intellectual

October 12, 2017

A netizen has started an online campaign to call on the Thai authorities to drop royal defamation charge against a well known intellectual accused of defaming the ancient Siamese King. On 10 October 2017, a campaign to collect signatures to support Sulak Sivaraksa, a renowned royalist and lèse majesté critic, was opened on...
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Thaksin denies royal defamation accusation

October 10, 2017

The former fugitive Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has threatened to take legal actions against those accusing him of royal defamation. The former PM wrote on his twitter account on 9 October 2017 that he felt ‘extremely uncomfortable’ about the recent statement of Khemchai Chutiwongse, the Attorney General, that he will be indicted under...
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Police press royal defamation charge against historian for criticising ancient King

October 9, 2017

The police have concluded to continue to press royal defamation charge against Sulak Sivaraksa, a renowned royalist and lèse majesté critic, for a public speech about King Naresuan, who ruled the Ayutthaya Kingdom 400 years ago. On 9 October 2017, Puangthip Boonsanong, lawyer representing Sulak, said the police took Sulak, 84, to the...
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Anti-monarch groups plan ‘chaos’ during Royal Funeral: Defence Minister

October 3, 2017

A deputy junta head alleged that there are people who planed to create chaos around the upcoming Royal Funeral. On 2 October 2017, Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, a deputy junta head and Defence Minister, said at the meeting about security issues during the upcoming Royal Funeral for the late King Bhumibol on 26 October....
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‘I only went to temple to make merit’: imprisoned lèse majesté suspect

September 21, 2017

A court has renewed the detention of a suspect accused of royal defamation although there is no apparent evidence linking him to a group of people accused of defaming Princess Sirindhorn. ? On 18 September 2017, the Provincial Court of Kamphaeng Phet ?began the trial? in a case which four people have been...
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Appeal for Pai Dao Din ‘pointless’: activist’s father

September 19, 2017

The father of ‘Pai Dao Din’ has given up hope in the Thai justice system, saying there is no point in trying to appeal the court’s verdict. On 18 September 2017, the Isaan Record reported that Viboom Boonpattararaksa, the father of Jatuphat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa, a law student and key democracy activist...
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Human rights lawyer accused of lèse majesté defies court authorities

September 18, 2017

The embattled human rights lawyer accused of royal defamation has defied the court jurisdiction, saying that the court is partial since the case is related to the monarchy. ? On 18 September 2017, the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Rd., Bangkok, held a deposition hearing for Prawais Prapanugool, a human rights lawyer accused of...
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Use Section 44 to abolish Article 112: former lèse majesté convict urges junta head

September 13, 2017

Citing the King’s wishes, a former lèse majesté prisoner has filed a petition urging the junta head to use his absolute power to abolish the lèse majesté law. ? On 12 September 2017, Ekachai Hongkangwan filed a petition to the junta head Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha to invoke Section 44 of the Interim Charter...
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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...
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Secret trial: the reason why Pai Dao Din pleaded guilty

August 16, 2017

The defence lawyer of Pai Dao Din has revealed that the renowned democracy activist chose to plead guilty because he was being tried in camera, meaning observers and media were not allowed into the courtroom. After standing firm behind bars for almost eight months, the decision of Jatuphat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa, a...
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Pai Dao Din sentenced to 2 years, 6 months in jail for royal defamation

August 15, 2017

After about eights months of detention, a provincial court has handed a two and a half year jail term to a well-known democracy activist accused of lèse majesté for sharing a BBC biography of King Vajiralongkorn. On 15 August 2017, the Provincial Court of Khon Kaen handed five years of imprisonment to Jatuphat...
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Pai Dao Din pleads guilty, gets 2 years, 6 months for royal defamation

August 15, 2017

A provincial court has handed a two and a half year jail term to a well-known democracy activist accused of lèse majesté for sharing a BBC biography of King Vajiralongkorn. On 15 August 2017, the Provincial Court of Khon Kaen handed a five year sentence to Jatuphat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa, a law...
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