Tag Archives: lese majeste

Updated: Manipulating law

PPT has had numerous posts since the (illegal) 2014 coup on how the military junta abuses the law. These posts have included the political use of courts, using military courts, abuse of lese majeste, impunity,  corruption ignored, and more. One of the defining characteristics of military dictatorship is the political use of law: what the […]

Updated: Prayuth’s recruiting tour I

Using state funds, Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha is campaigning for appointment as prime minister long into the future. His current campaign trip is to Ubol Ratchathani and Amnat Charoen. As in previous campaign trips, this one was about promoting preferred political parties and to display former opponent politicians who have slid over to the military and […]

Lese majeste used by the junta to silence a witness

When she was arrested, Nattatida Meewangpla was a 36 year-old volunteer nurse, accused by the military dictatorship of terrorism and lese majeste. She was abducted by the military on 17 March 2015 and held incommunicado for six days, then charged with “terrorism,” and was later with lese majeste. Not so uncommon you might think. Especially […]

That plaque

We won’t repeat the story of how the plaque commemorating the 1932 Revolution, people’s sovereignty and the end of the absolute monarchy disappeared. No one has officially claimed responsibility for that act of political vandalism and the plaque being replaced by one extolling the wonders of royalism. Interestingly, in a story at Prachatai, there’s an […]

Tom Dundee escapes one lese majeste conviction

Tom Dundee, a red shirt singer charged with lese majeste, has escaped a third lese majeste conviction (a fourth charge had been dismissed in March this year). The decision by the Ratchaburi Provincial Court was remarkable. Even though Tom (whose name is Thanat Thanawatcharanon) had agreed to plead guilty, the court ruled that “the evidence did […]

All about The Dictator

Last week the Deputy Dictator met with some political parties about the junta’s “election.”We understand that it is the first official meeting between the military junta and political parties since the day that it illegally seized power, ironically at the very same place it met the political parties back in 2014. At the end of […]

“This is considered unusual in legal practice”

On 27 June 2018, human rights lawyer Prawet Praphanukul was found guilty of sedition and sentenced to 16 months in prison. This is a somewhat surprising outcome in a case where the lawyer challenged the courts. With five others, Prawet was arrested  by the military on 29 April 2017. The six were detained on lese […]