In something of a surprise, a military court has “granted bail to a factory worker accused of of lèse majesté for mocking the King’s dog.”
After denying two previous bail requests, Thanakorn Siripaiboon was granted bail on 8 March 2016. Bail was set at half a million baht.
In another story, this one at Khaosod, a singer-comedian has been “fined and forced to apologize to the public today for allegedly desecrating a monument to … the King’s sailboat in a since-deleted music video filmed in Pattaya.”
The monument is of a boat that is sometimes used by children to learn to sail.
For using the “royal monument” in a music video, “Padung Songsaeng was charged with causing a public nuisance, which carries a maximum penalty of 10,000 baht.” He was also forced to pay homage to the “monument on Pattaya Beach, which is dedicated to King Bhumibol’s favorite sailboat.”
Royalist ridiculousness knows no bounds and can only get worse as the king’s death approaches.