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    lese majeste charges brought against two PAD protesters

    PM wants lese majeste charge brought against protester

    (BangkokPost.com) - Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej Tuesday ordered police to take legal action against Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, a member of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship, on lese majeste charge in relation to a speech she gave last week.

    Ms Daranee gave a speech on July 18 at Sanam Luang.

    According to army deputy spokesman Col Sirichan Ngathong, her speech insulted the monarchy.

    Mr Samak said this is an important matter and cannot be neglected, so he decided to ask police to take action against her.

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    Re: PM wants lese majeste charge brought against protester

    'Da Torpedo' arrested on lese majesty charge
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    Police Tuesday arrested a government supporter, known as Da Torpedo, on charges of lese majesty following an order by Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej for police take action against her urgently.

    Speaking to reporters after the weekly Cabinet meeting, Samak said he had received a police report that Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, better known as Da Torpedo, attacked the highest institution while joining a demonstration at Sanam Luang against the People's Alliance for Democracy.

    Samak said police would take legal action against her.

    "The person violated the laws with her words, which affected several institutions. I ordered police to take action against the person immediately," Samak said.

    Earlier, the Army filed a complaint with police to take legal action against Daranee for having attacked the highest institution while speaking on stage of the Democratic Alliance Against Dictatorship.

    Pol Maj Gen Amnuay Nimmano, commander of Metropolitan Police Division 1, said Dararnee allegedly made statement in contempt of the highest institution on the DAAD stage at Sanam Luang on Thursday and Friday.

    Amnuay said the South Bangkok District Court approved an arrest warrant against her and she was arrested by Chana Songkram police in Phaholyothin area Tuesday.

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    Re: PM wants lese majeste charge brought against protester

    Maybe Thailand should introduce freedom of speech.

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    Re: PM wants lese majeste charge brought against protester

    If there was freedom of speech the politicians and the army wouldn't be able to have anybody who says something they don't like arrested.
    It's a very convenient law.

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    Re: PM wants lese majeste charge brought against protester

    Daranee on lese majeste charge: Remanded in Prison

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    Metropolitan police yesterday arrested Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, alias ''Da Torpedo'', a key leader of the United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), on lese majeste charges following her speeches on a UDD rally stage late last week.

    Police from Chana Songkhram police station detained Ms Daranee, 51, at her house in Bangkok's Chatuchak district yesterday after the Criminal Court issued a warrant for her arrest.

    According to Pol Lt-Col Banyong Daengmankhong of Chanasongkram police station, Ms Daranee has been charged with disrepecting Their Majesties the King and Queen twice. The first insult came during her speech on Friday night and the second early Saturday morning.

    Pol Lt-Col Banyong told the court Ms Daranee denied all the charges while police sought approval from the Criminal Court to take her into custody for 12 days without bail.

    Pol Lt-Col Banyong said police opposed bail for Ms Daranee for her own safety as her offence was one that could result in violent attacks on her by members of the public.

    Ms Daranee was remanded at Bang Khen Central Women's Prison yesterday.

    Earlier, at a press conference held by the Metropolitan Police Bureau, Ms Daranee insisted she told the truth at the UDD rally and that police had singled her out for prosecution.

    Metropolitan Police chief Pol Lt-Gen Aswin Kwanmuang said police followed legal procedures in all lese majeste cases.

    Somkiat Pongpaiboon, a People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) leader and Democrat MP, also faces a lese majeste charge for referring to the monarchy during his speech at a PAD rally .

    Pol Lt-Gen Aswin said that in lese majeste cases, police can arrest the accused without anyone filing a complaint.

    Meanwhile, at the Attorney-General's Office, the public prosecutor in charge of indicting 15 core UDD members for allegedly causing unrest in front of the Si Sao Thewes residence of Privy Council president Gen Prem Tinsulanonda on July 20 last year said his team expects to indict the 15 by the end of next month.

    Among the 15 suspects in the case are former Prime Minister's Office minister Jakrapob Penkair, People Power party MP Jatuporn Phromphan, deputy government spokesman Nathawut Saikua, and former national human rights commissioner Jaran Ditha-apichai.

    Also yesterday, the Women for Democracy Group yesterday submitted a letter to Abhisit Vejjajiva, the Democrat party leader, urging him to sack Mr Somkiat from the party.

    Clad in red tops, the colour of anti-PAD groups, they said Mr Somkiat should be fired now that the Criminal Court has already issued a warrant for his arrest.

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    Re: PM wants lese majeste charge brought against protester

    Court issues warrant for Sondhi on lese majeste charge


    (BangkokPost.com) - The Criminal Court allowed police to issue an arrest warrant for media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul on lese majeste charge after he referred to a speech given by Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, who was arrested Tuesday on the same charge.

    Ms Daranee, alias "Da Torpedo", was caught following her speeches on a United Front of Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) rally stage late last week.

    The court allowed the arrest warrant request on behalf that Mr Sondhi break the criminal law.

    If found guilty, he faces a three-year imprisonment.

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    Re: lese majeste charges brought against two PAD protesters

    lese majeste is a French expression, used in the legal parlance. In the UK and other Commonwealth countries, however, it is spelt as leze majeste.

    Be it as it may, like the two other members, I, too, am of the view that the thai law needs to be reconsidered.

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    Re: lese majeste charges brought against two PAD protesters

    Quote Originally Posted by senaratne View Post
    lese majeste is a French expression, used in the legal parlance. In the UK and other Commonwealth countries, however, it is spelt as leze majeste.
    In Swedish law it's called "hogmalsbrott" and is by definition when you harrass a member of the royal family and it's punishable by up to six years in prison, as opposed to "normal" harrassment which is punishable by up to one year.



    Source: Swedish Law

    "Brottsbalken" 18 kap 2§
    Last edited by Sved; 24-07-08 at 01:39 AM. Reason: Must learn to quote, problem with swedish dots

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    Re: lese majeste charges brought against two PAD protesters

    Sondhi released on bail on lese majeste charge

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    Police on Thursday charged a key leader of an anti-government movement with lese majeste for repeating insulting remarks about the monarchy in public.

    Sondhi Limthongkul, a core leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy (PAD) and founder of the Manager media group, surrendered to police after authorities issued a warrant for his arrest Wednesday.

    Sondhi, who more than two years ago started the now nationwide fashion of wearing yellow T-shirts to demonstrate devotion to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was released on bail after hearing lese majeste charges against him.

    The PAD organized months of protests against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who was ousted in a bloodless coup in September 2006 for undermining the monarchy, among other charges.

    With Sondhi's backing, the PAD now is trying to bring down the government of Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej.

    Lieutenant General Asawin Kwanmuang, head of the Bangkok police, said Sondhi denied charges that he repeated in public insulting remarks about the monarchy made by activist Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, nicknamed Da Torpedo.

    Daranee was arrested and jailed without bail Tuesday on lese majeste charges for remarks she made at a pro-government rally last week. The remarks have not been repeated in the press.

    Under Thai law, it is illegal to insult or belittle the monarchy in public. Those found guilty of lese-majesty face three to 15 years in jail.

    The law is controversial because it has often been manipulated for political purposes.

    Jakrapob Penkair, a former minister in the prime minister's office, was forced to resign his post two months ago after being accused of lese-majesty for remarks he made last year.

    Under Thailand's constitutional monarchy, the king and royal family are held above politics and hold no executive powers.

    "The purpose of the law takes into account that the monarchy is held above conflicts, and the monarchy should not engage itself in any conflicts with the people, which means that the monarchy will be in no position to defend itself when it's offended," said Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of the opposition Democrat Party.

    "I would say by all means review it [the law], but you need to come up with an answer as to how the institution of the monarchy can continue to be protected without having the monarchy using the right to sue people and to be in direct conflict with the people," he noted.

    Thailand has been a democracy under a constitutional monarchy since 1932 when a group of young military officers ended the absolute monarchy with a coup.

    His Majesty the King marked his 60th year on the throne in 2006 and is to celebrate his 81st birthday on December 5.

    Bangkok Post

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    Re: lese majeste charges brought against two PAD protesters

    Some 10,000 people rally in support of Sondhi

    Traffic on the Sri Ayudhaya Road came to a standstill Thursday morning when some 10,000 rallied in front of the Metropolitan Police head office in support of Sondhi Limthongkul.

    The people began rallying there since 8 am.

    Sondhi, a co-leader of the People's Alliance for Democracy, surrendered at the Metropolitan Police head office at 9 am to face lese majesty charge.

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