Lese majeste news

In the current situation of abductions and hostage-taking by the military regime, a couple of recent stories worth reading on lese majeste deserve mention here.

The first is an long and reflective article by Nanchanok Wongsamuth in the Bangkok Post. The article provides some interesting background on Bundith Arniya, who is currently on trial for his second lese majeste charge. He was first accused of lese majeste in 1975.

The second is an important article by Pravit Rojanaphruk at Khaosod English on the efforts of Akechai Hongkangwarn to raise funds for those incarcerated on lese majeste. Akechai was arrested in March 2011 on lese majeste allegations and was convicted in March 2013. He was released on 15 November 2015. The website of the For Friends Association has details on how to make donations.

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