A lese majeste case reported

As far as we can tell, we have missed the lese majeste case against Chonlada Wattano. It is reported in The Nation among a series of cases where the Anti-Money Laundering Office seized undeclared banknotes. In that report, AMLO said it had “decided to seize six assets worth Bt4.4 million from fraud suspect Chonlada Wattano and others.” The report continues:

Chonlada and accomplices were accused of having, during late 2008 through mid 2013, duped a former president of Yala-based Than Nam Thip farmers’ group, Phuchid Saesan, of Bt9.4 million.

Police said Chonlada had allegedly claimed to be a niece of a royal family member and to be in need of a financial sponsorship from the group to fight a court battle. She allegedly promised them rewards of more money and 1,000-rai of land in the North at the conclusion of the trial.

The group later discovered they had been deceived after Chonlada was arrested on a separate case of lese majeste and fraud and sentenced to a 30-year imprisonment. They then filed a complaint against her. That resulted in the Amlo decision to seize the assets of Chonlada and accomplices for 90 days.

It isn’t clear how much of the 30 years was the lese majeste sentence. We guess that the case was in 2017.

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