Well known red shirt singer pleads guilty to lèse majesté charge

May 30, 2016

After being imprisoned for almost two years, a well known anti-establishment red shirt country singer recanted earlier statements and pleaded guilty to a lèse majesté charge. At the the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Rd., Bangkok, on Monday morning, Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 58, aka Tom Dundee, a country singer-turned-red-shirt activist, pleaded guilty to an offence under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law. Thanat was indicted with two lèse majesté charges. On the first case, he was accused of defaming the monarchy over his speeches at two anti-establishment red-shirt rallies, held by Kotee Red Guard, in November 2013. The case is being handled by the Military Court as the YouTube clips of the speech was available online until 27 June 2014 after the coup d’état.

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