Lese-majeste : if you pronounce this word, you’ll be charged (like Sondhi)

Bingo ! I was right (read here)

The court has issued an arrest warrant against Sondhi, because “he referred to a speech given by Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, who was arrested Tuesday on the same charge“.

A quotation ! A freaking quotation and they can arrest you.

It’s huge.

The first rule of the Fight-Lese-Majeste-Club is that you don’t talk about the Fight-Lese-Majeste-Club.


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. (Bangkok Post)

I had a few doubts before. Now I know : we are deep, deep down the White Rabbit hole. šŸ˜‰

Sondhi Limthongkul, a co-leader of the People’s Alliance for Democracy, was released on bail after he surrendered to face charge of lese majesty Thursday. (Nation)

6 Responses to “Lese-majeste : if you pronounce this word, you’ll be charged (like Sondhi)”

  1. 1 chinesethai 23 July 2008 at 12:22 pm

    Isn’t it absurd that the informer gets the charge for the crime he reported?

    Who’ll come forward to report crime next time when reporting the crime is the crime per se?

    (Didn’t you know that the Police has been bought out? That’s why it takes the Police and the Attorney General almost forever to file charge against Jakkrapob Penkair for the same crime.)

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 23 July 2008 at 12:44 pm

    Well, it’s the core principle (and the beauty) of this law : to speak about a lese-majeste case (in details) could be… by itself a case of lese-majeste.

    As to compare the “process time” of the authorities, confronted to lese-majeste “offenders”… it’s like to compare… everything else in Thailand.

    There is little “justice” in this country… Many things are based on situations, agendas, people involved etc.

    A bloke with a few drug pills can be sent directly to jail, for life. Or could be shot like a dog (“another drug dealer killed him”).

    Meanwhile, the son of an important minister, can fire in a night club with casualties, then flee to an another country… then can come back after, and be reintegrated in the army, with the honors.

    I mean I don’t want to make people cry, but everything is like that in Thailand. Just everything. Excepted public taxis fares : 35 THB for everybody. šŸ˜‰

    So of course, for highly political cases like lese-majeste… it’s just impossible to expect egality, neutrality etc.

    Anyway, I just received the file with the infamous speech. I’m going to try to get some translations…

    You would agree that Jakkrapob was much more… subtle. Therefore, the police needed a lot of time to decipher and understand (and the speech was in english). šŸ˜‰

    But Miss Daranee seems much more… straigth foward if I may say.

  3. 3 chinesethai 23 July 2008 at 1:05 pm

    Thaicrisis, yes, in Thailand law interpretation is not consistent.

    May I go off this topic a little bit? You often mention about “little justice” in this country, I can’t agree more about that. Today I went to apply for passport of a “foreign” country at her embassy because my current one will expire in a couple of months. To my surprise, a considerable number of Thais bearing this foreign country’s passports already arrived and were queuing before I did. They fear for the future of this country and how their sons and daughters are going to live with it. That should give support to your argument.

  4. 4 fall 23 July 2008 at 1:27 pm

    Oh boy, the logical of lese majeste law.
    What would happen if “Da” was let off the hook? Would Sonthi also let off the hook, or he been charge on different charge?

  5. 5 Frank 3 August 2008 at 4:04 am

    There is a lese majeste link on thekoratpost.com website now, and reference material, etc. This is an on-going effort and any contributions or comments will be appreciated.
    Thanks, people…

  1. 1 Don’t fight it (lese majeste)!-Thai Crisis « FACT - Freedom Against Censorship Thailand Trackback on 26 September 2008 at 5:02 am

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