“Lese majeste-related cases are becoming superfluous, meaningless”

A striking (long) article written by Sulak Sivaraksa , who was recently accused of lese-majeste (and arrested)… after being accused of the same crime in 1984. Then in 1991. Then in 2005. Then in 2007 !!!

He says that “the Princess [Galyani Vadhana] had graciously conveyed her kindness to me on several occasions.” He’s not afraid to talk. And to say that the lese-majeste crime is used as a political tool, that its overuse is going against the King’s will, and that the increasing number of cases is “meaningless”.

Here are some quotes :

It is woeful that politicians continually and endlessly condone trickery and ruse to press lese majeste charges against me and other less fortunate people: even though they know fully well that His Majesty the King had emphatically expressed his view, to no uncertain degree, on this subject in his speech delivered before the annual birthday anniversary celebration on December 4, 2005.

His Majesty had made it known publicly that such allegations would cause harm to him as well as the royal institution.

Nonetheless, governments which claim their ardent loyalty to the royal institution pay little attention to His Majesty’s concern, and wittingly disobey his address altogether.

[…]

The lese majeste-related cases are becoming superfluous as to be meaningless, including one concerning not standing up during the playing of the Royal Anthem. Such allegations are not helpful to the perpetuity of the monarchy. Those desiring to attack the monarchy also use rumours by word of mouth, and numerous websites that do not augur well.

In my opinion, on the occasion of the celebration of the King’s birthday anniversary this year, similar to the 60th anniversary of His Majesty’s ascension to the throne ceremony in 2006, the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary should recommend to the police to withdraw all charges relating to lese majeste under its jurisdiction. Such would bring about immense acclaim and greatness of the highest degree upon the King. […] (Bangkok Post)

5 Responses to ““Lese majeste-related cases are becoming superfluous, meaningless””


  1. 1 Bedwyr 17 November 2008 at 1:25 am

    “…the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary should recommend to the police to withdraw all charges relating to lese majeste under its jurisdiction.”

    And the reason this was not done years ago when Thailand first started pretending to be a democracy is…?

    Bedwyr

  2. 2 chinesethai 17 November 2008 at 2:24 am

    I told you that although PAD may look like a monarchy fanatic and receiving tacit support from you-know-who. However, in essence, not all PAD supporters are royalists. Suluck Sivaraksa is an obvious example.

    Ironically, Lese-Majeste complaints are more likely to be filed by the Thai police than by ordinary royalists.

    And who do the Police belong to?

    UPDATE:
    Thaksin has given some hints about “the names” he is going to name in his coming phone-in address. They have names that begin with letters “S” and “P”.

    There is no question as to who the “S” is. But “P”? It cannot be Prem because Prem had always been a sweet target. Prem’s House was also attacked by Thaksin supporters in 2007. Moreover, Thaksin is not good at English so he would have wanted to name “B” rather than “P”.

    However, I don’t think he has the guts to speak out. And his spokesman may again become another one of the many scapegoats, who would have their heads roll for Thaksin for just a couple of million baht.

  3. 3 fall 17 November 2008 at 2:52 pm

    …ceremony in 2006, the Office of His Majesty’s Principal Private Secretary should recommend to the police to withdraw all charges relating to lese majeste under its jurisdiction
    Yes, and it would make a huge joke out of lese majeste as well. Look, let’s charge that guy with lese majeste! Naa, dont worry, you will get pardon next December.

    The point should be to stop people/police throwing lese majeste like used tissue. And it will be worth more than so.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 17 November 2008 at 3:50 pm

    I think you’re right : Sulak should be charged (again) with lese-majeste.
    But you too, because you talked about it. And me as well.

    Okay, let’s settle this deal once and for all : let’s charge everybody with lese-majeste. Case closed. The show can resume.

    What do you think ? 😉

    More seriously, we all feel that there is a fundamental flaw in the lese-majeste rethoric.

    Lese-majeste law is sustainable only if… it is not used.

    Paradox ? Not really.

    In the 80 and 90s, a lese-majeste case was something very big, exceptional. Sulak can testify of it (he went in exile).

    But since the politicians have decided to settle their own little scores by throwing lese-majeste accusations at each other like dirty handkerchiefs… the flaw appears.

    I wrote it before : the more lese-majeste cases we have, the more discussions people have… the less the lese-majeste law will be efficient… leading exactly to what it is supposed to prevent : weakening of the institution.

    This is pure and basic logic.

    But the dirty politicians, their croonies, their accomplices (plus a bunch of real fanatics, they exist too) just don’t get it.

    Sulak says it too : “The lese majeste-related cases are becoming superfluous as to be meaningless, including one concerning not standing up during the playing of the Royal Anthem. Such allegations are not helpful to the perpetuity of the monarchy.”

  5. 5 dooda 18 November 2008 at 11:05 am

    Ajahn Sulak maybe can compare as slightly same situation with Mr. Noam Chomski of USA, many believe Mr. Noam is the anti-Jew, but in fact he is not but has good intentions for both Jews and Arabs. I admire Ajahn Sulak because he is not afraid to be blamed, accused or bad-worded, even though he knows that would be result of his vocal expression of ideas about lese majeste and monarchy related topics. He is truly loyal to the monarchy and makes important sacrifice, but too bad not enough people understand and listen him.


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