Lese-majeste Folie : the australian author rots in jail

Bangkok Pundit has an update about the australian author who was arrested on lese-majeste charges on august 31 (read here).

He’s in jail in Bangkok… waiting… for what we don’t know… and rotting in a cell with 90 other detainees… “some of whom are hostile because of the charge against him.”

He’s not alone. A thai woman is rotting since july for the same charges. Bail denied. Although her case seems… much… stronger.

Shame on Thailand. Shame on Thailand to treat people involved with such specific issues (lese-majeste) like common criminals, rapists and murderers.

In this country, even killers get bail.

Let’s hope he could get bail quickly.

(the article from The Time)

7 Responses to “Lese-majeste Folie : the australian author rots in jail”


  1. 1 Bedwyr 8 September 2008 at 10:30 am

    Shame on you Thaicrisis, you failed to complete the statement; here, I have done it for you but you need to be more careful in the future if you please…

    “In this country, even killers get bail – if the drive Mercedes, if they work for the police or if they have a lot of money.”

    Sloppy, very sloppy 😀

    Does anyone know if the book was published in Thailand? If not then surely the arrogant and self-important Thai courts dont have jurisdiction do they?

    I wonder if HMK is really offended. Or of someone is just presuming to speak for him, in which case, they are committing lese majeste are they not? The problem is that lese majeste is simply a tool for the Bangkok elite to use when they need to feel important, or when their power totem needs to be asserted again. It is shameful in the 21st century and merely underlines that Thais have no real idea of democracy and no intention whatever of actually having it in Thailand. Especially those at the top. The sham continues.

    Bedwyr.

  2. 2 chinesethai 8 September 2008 at 11:11 am

    I am wondering what standard the police use to judge who is qualified for being an offender. We have heard the case of Jakkrapop for quite a while. The guy is still free to roam anywhere. But that woman has already got years in jail.

  3. 3 FDL 8 September 2008 at 12:02 pm

    My sympathies exactly! Lese majeste is a much abused primitive law useless to a modern Thailand.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 8 September 2008 at 12:43 pm

    ->Chinesethai : i’m not aware that Miss Da Torpedo was convicted. She’s charged, in jail, and denied bail. Waiting.

    Do you have other details about her case ?

  5. 5 chinesethai 9 September 2008 at 4:22 am

    I have not heard of her lately either. Or even Jakkrapop Penkair, or the unrelated Preah Vihear case about Noppadon Pattama. Perhaps Thai media are usually sensational. Or perhaps the situation changes so fast, hour-by-hour, so does public attention.

    Frankly speaking, I have not seen any coverage of Jonathan Head of BBC and this Aussie on the Thai-language media or discussion groups at all. Perhaps it made a small headline somewhere only once. I believe other Thais would be amazed with the number of such cases you have regularly updated on this blog.

  6. 6 loris 11 September 2008 at 11:02 pm

    Anyone can be accused of lese-majesté in a semi feudal society. A powerful tool,and you cannot even know what has been said, as they cannot report it in the newspaper.

  7. 7 caz 9 November 2008 at 10:44 pm

    I just simply would not go to these countries.
    Any wonder their prisons are so crowded.
    The laws are extreamly uncivilised along with the leaders and
    the lawmakers of these countries.
    There is no freedom of speech.


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