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<p>The Commission on Jurisdiction of Courts&nbsp; has decided that a lèse majesté suspect accused of mocking the late King’s favourite dog will be tried in a military court.</p> <p>On 26 June 2017, the Military Court of Bangkok read&nbsp;<a href="">the verdict of the Commission on Jurisdiction of Courts</a>&nbsp;on the case against Thanakorn S., a 27-year-old man from Samut Prakan Province.</p>
<p dir="ltr">A provincial court has concluded that Bangkok’s military court has the jurisdiction to try a lèse majesté suspect accused of mocking the late King’s favourite dog.</p>
<p>Thai military detained political dissidents associated with the anti-establishment red shirt and raided their houses&nbsp;together with Pheu Thai politicians in a campaign to crackdown on mafia. &nbsp;</p> <p>A combined military and police force on Thursday morning, 12 May 2016, raided at least a dozen of houses in the central provinces of Samut Prakan and Chachoengsao in a campaign called ‘Cleaning Pak-nam, Getting rid of Influential Figures’ to crackdown on mafia.</p>
<p dir="ltr">The military court has granted bail to a factory worker accused of of lèse majesté for mocking the King’s dog.</p> <p>After denying bail requests twice, the Military Court of Bangkok on Tuesday, 8 March 2016, granted 500,000 baht bail to Thanakorn S., a 27-year-old factory worker.</p> <p>Thanakorn is accused under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, for clicking ‘like’ and posting or sharing a message mocking Thong Daeng, a well-known female copper-coloured dog, the King’s favourite pet while it was alive, on facebook.</p>
<p>The defence lawyer for a factory worker accused of lèse majesté for mocking the King’s dog requested the military prosecutors not to indict the suspect, saying that the lèse majesté law does not cover the King’s dog and the charge was politically motivated. &nbsp;</p> <p>Anon Nampa, a well know human rights lawyer, on Monday, 29 February 2016, submitted a letter to the military Judge Advocate General’s Office, calling for justice for Thanakorn S., a 27-year-old factory worker.</p>
By Thanakorn S. |
<div><em>Note: <a href="">Aef Thanakorn&nbsp;S.</a> was arrested on 8 December 2015. &nbsp;He was detained in a military camp for seven days, the maximum currently permitted, before being taken to the Bangkok Military Court and formally accused of violating Article 112, Article 116, and the Computer Crimes Act. </em></div>
<p>The Military Court has again denied bail to a lèse majesté suspect accused of mocking the King’s dog while the suspect’s defence lawyer maintains that the case does not fall under the lèse majesté law. &nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="">Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR)</a>, reported that the Bangkok Military Court on Thursday, 11 February 2016, denied bail to Thanakorn S., suspected of offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law.</p>
<p>The Military Court for a second time has denied bail to a factory worker accused under the lèse majesté law of defaming the King’s favourite dog.</p> <p>The Military Court of Bangkok on Friday, 25 December 2015, denied bail to Thanakorn S. with a 900,000 baht guarantee after granting police permission to detain him in custody for a second period of 12 days with the possibility of further extensions.</p>
<p dir="ltr"><strong>Update</strong>: Thanakorn’s attorney from Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR) submitted a 300,000 baht (about 8,300 USD) bail request to the military court. However, the court denied bail, citing the severity of the case as it is related to the Thai monarchy and flight risk.</p>
<p>Plainclothes officers have reportedly arrested from his sickbed one of the activists calling for a probe into the Rajabhakti Park corruption scandals to face lèse majesté and sedition charges. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>At about 12:10 pm on Sunday, 13 December 2015, two officers in plainclothes reportedly arrested Thanet A., a 25-year-old activist who was one of more than 30 activists detained last week en route to Rajabhakti Park, a royal theme park constructed by the military and plagued with corruption allegations.</p>
By Human Rights Watch |
<p>Thai authorities should immediately disclose the whereabouts of Thanakorn Siripaiboon, a critic of&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Thailand</a>’s junta who has reportedly been held in secret military custody since December 8, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today.<br /></p>
<p>The head of a remand facility has accused Prachatai news website of criminal defamation and violations the 2007 Computer Crime Act for reporting mistaken facts about a lèse majesté and sedition suspect arrested for posting infographics about Rajabhakti Park.</p> <p>On Friday, 11 December 2015, Boonyarak Boonyatikarn, Head of the Remand Facility at the 11th Military Circle Base on, Bangkok, filed a complaint with the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) against the Prachatai website.</p>