Keeping up with the military dictatorship’s lese majeste cases, charges and jailings is challenging, and PPT has been trying to keep our ever-lengthening pages on cases and convictions up-to-date. We’ve made several changes to both pages in recent days.
A recent new case we added involves the arrest of Jamroen S., a 59 year-old civil servant accused of sending Facebook messages deemed lese majeste to another man, Pongsak S., also accused of lese majeste and computer crimes. The two are claimed to be a part of a “movement” aimed at bringing down the monarchy; there’s no evidence for this.
Police say Jamroen confessed. This is not unusual as the police force detainees to confess, telling them it means a lighter sentence, and suspects know that there is almost no chance of beating a lese majeste charge in the junta’s royalist Thailand.
Update: Two reports, one at Khaosod and another at the Bangkok Post, appear to refer to Jamroen’s case and use the name Chayo Anchaleewatchara, referring to an official who “allegedly used Facebook under the name UnchaUnyo to spread pictures and messages defaming the monarchy.” This is the name police allege Jamroen used (Uncha Unyo). If any reader can provide more information to PPT on the case, and clear up the confusion we’d be appreciative. Links to Thai-language media would assist too. Are there three cases (Pongsak, Jamnoen and Chayo) or just two?