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By Prachatai |
<p>Jomtien Hospital and Bangkok Hospital Rayong have announced the dismissal of Dr Saravin Thongrong for &ldquo;inappropriate behaviour against the rules of the company&rdquo; after his comments on the late King Bhumibol surfaced on the internet. Right-wing activists have called for his license to be revoked and for him to be prosecuted under the lèse-majesté law. &nbsp;</p>
By Genevieve Glatsky |
<div>The editor of a Chiang Mai lifestyle magazine is facing criminal charges for sharing on Facebook a photo of an oil painting that depicted Chiang Mai's three iconic statues of ancient kings wearing face masks in order to promote an anti-air pollution rally.</div> <div> </div> <div>Pim Kemasingki, a Thai-British national who edits the Chiang Mai Citylife magazine, said she found out she was facing charges from the media reports on Friday. </div>
<p>The Criminal Court has handed a one year suspended jail term to a junta critic accused of contempt of court.</p> <p>On 21 August 2017, the Criminal Court sentenced Watana Muangsook, a well-known politician from the Pheu Thai Party, to one year in prison and a 500 baht fine for violating Articles 15, 30, and 31 of the Criminal Procedure Code, laws related to contempt of court. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>He was charged with broadcasting through Facebook live from the court premises about another case.</p>
<p>The police have released a politician known for his anti-junta stand, who is facing a sedition charge over his Facebook posts. &nbsp;</p> <p>On 1 August 2017, Watana Muangsook, a politician from the Pheu Thai Party, reported to the Technology Crime Suppression Division after he was accused of violating Article 116 of the Criminal Code, the sedition law.</p>
<p>A military court has postponed sentencing an elderly lèse majesté suspect who faces up to 50 years in prison after the suspect recanted his not guilty plea and confessed.</p> <p>At about 10 am on 26 June 2017, the Military Court of Bangkok postponed the sentencing of Tara W., a 59-year-old seller of Thai traditional medicine accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, after he pleaded guilty.</p> <p>The hearing has been postponed to 9 August 2017.</p>
<p>A provincial court has dismissed a defamation case filed by a mining company against a newspaper who reported on its environmental abuses, after realising that an identical case is already being heard in another province.</p> <p>On 12 June 2017, the Roi Et Provincial Court ruled to dismiss a defamation case submitted by the mining company Myanmar Phongpipat against Pratch Rujivanarom, a journalist from The Nation newspaper, and the newspaper itself.</p>
<p>The Supreme Court has handed a two years and six months jail term to an elderly anti-establishment red shirt accused of defaming the monarchy by uploading lèse majesté audio clips.</p> <p>On 9 June 2017, the Supreme Court confirmed the Appeal Court verdict, sentencing Chaleaw J., a 58-year-old tailor from the northeastern province of Chaiyaphum, to five years’ imprisonment &nbsp;</p>
<p>The Criminal Court has refused to release two detainees accused of lèse majesté for sharing the Facebook post of an academic blacklisted by the junta. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>On 4 May 2017, the Criminal Court on Ratchadaphisek Rd., Bangkok,<a href="">&nbsp;denied&nbsp;</a>bail requests of 790,000 and 900,000 baht for two detainees accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.</p>
<p>A court in northern Thailand has handed a one-year suspended jail term to a man who posted a Facebook message deemed defamatory to a queen of an ancient kingdom in northern Thailand.</p> <p>On 25 April 2017, the Provincial Court of the northern Province of Lamphun&nbsp;<a href="">sentenced&nbsp;</a>Songpol Phoommesri, 23, to one year in prison and a fine of 5,000 baht for violating the Computer Crime Act (CCA).</p>
<p>The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has filed defamation lawsuits against people accusing it of causing environmental destruction. &nbsp;</p> <p>On 13 March 2017, Pranee Tangseree, Assistant Governor of EGAT’s Legal Affairs Bureau, revealed that&nbsp;<a href="">EGAT had filed 15 complaints</a>&nbsp;to the police against people posting content on social media accusing its power plants of pollution leading to sickness and death.</p>
<p>A well-known British correspondent with the BBC could face up to five years imprisonment for reporting on a fraud case on the famous resort island of Phuket.&nbsp;</p> <p>On 23 February 2017, the Provincial Court of Phuket held a deposition hearing on a criminal defamation case against Jonathan Head, the BBC’s Southeast Asia correspondent. He is also charged under Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act.</p> <p>The British journalist faces charges for a report about two foreign retirees who alleged that they were scammed out of their properties in Phuket by Thai women they married.</p>
<p>Despite criticism from the UN, a Thai court has refused to release the embattled student activist Jatuphat ‘Pai Dao Din’ Boonpattararaksa after public prosecutors indicted him for lèse majesté.</p> <p>On 10 February 2017, the Provincial Court of Khon Kaen accepted Jatuphat’s case during an in camera hearing after the prosecutor formally indicted him under Article 112 of the Criminal Code — the lèse majesté law.</p> <p>The prosecutors objected to bail, citing flight risk and the severity of the charge since it is related to the Thai Monarchy.</p>