“Good” news on one lese majeste case

There isn’t much really good news in the warped world of lese majeste. Police and prosecutors are spineless, courts are bizarre and often ignore law, and governments are conspiratorial in their implementation of this feudal and political law.

Yet, the recent verdict by the Appeals Court rejecting an appeal against the dismissal of a case against Surapak Puchaisaeng, seems about as good as the news can get.

We guess that the appeal was lodged by prosecutors, stunned by the first dismissal. They had a right to be stunned as almost all prosecuted cases result in convictions. However, the court determined that the prosecution’s “evidence was not strong enough.”

They might have said that some of it appeared fabricated by police and others. The first decision made this clear: “The Court of First Instance ruled in October 2012 that the trace of the [alleged offending] dorkao email in the computer was created after the computer was confiscated.”

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