Lese-majeste and Harry Nicolaides case : 3 bail requests denied, and pleading not guilty

The Age published a long article about Harry Nicolaides, the australian writer arrested and charged for lese-majeste on august 31.

It gives several details.

-3 bail requests were denied

-“Thai authorities issued a warrant for Nicolaides’ arrest on March 17 this year”.

-his book was “published” (50 copies only, and 7 were sold…) 3 years ago… But he made a big mistake…He sent “his book to the National Library, the Thai Ministry of Culture, the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of the Royal Household to check that its contents were acceptable. He received no response.”

That explains everything…

And today we learn that “Harry pleaded not guilty at today’s appearance and has vehemently claimed he never intended to cause any insult or harm to the Thai Royal family” (New Mandala).

So he’s going to stay in jail… Until his trial. That could take a long… time.

His last hope : to be pardoned by the King (this is what happened for Jufer, a Swiss man who was accused of lese-majeste. He pleaded guilty, was sentenced to 10 years of jail, then pardoned and then deported).

It is simply one of the most bizarre cases I’ve ever come across,” says Arnold Zable, author and president of the Melbourne branch of International PEN, an organisation that campaigns on behalf of writers in detention around the world. (The Age)

Indeed.

3 Responses to “Lese-majeste and Harry Nicolaides case : 3 bail requests denied, and pleading not guilty”


  1. 1 Bedwyr 22 November 2008 at 4:20 pm

    The lese majeste laws are a joke.

    But honestly…

    “e sent “his book to the National Library, the Thai Ministry of Culture, the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Bureau of the Royal Household to check that its contents were acceptable. He received no response.”

    The turkey voted for Christmas! They should make him a Thai and give him citizenship. He is obviously stupid enough to fit right in.

    Bedwyr

  2. 2 ThaiCrisis 22 November 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Come on Bedwyr… don’t be so harsh on him.

    If this report is true, yes, he made a big, a very big mistake.

    People use the word “naive”. I think it’s appropriate in this case. Probably he wanted to do it well (too well). Maybe also he wanted to give to his work more importance than it really had.

    Anyway. One day we will know the whole story. But right now, this poor guy is in deep shit. But his “crime” is like of sub-atomic size.

    My point : there is ABSOLUTLY no comparison with Da Torpedo for instance (the thai woman who is also in jail for lese-majeste).

    And furthermore, difficult to have more bad luck than him… He fell right in the middle of an atrition war, a political fight… And was crushed by an administrative machine I think.

    So maybe he’s stupid and/or naive, whatever, but I really think he deserves some compassion.

    Because at such level of weirdness… we could ALL of us become a Harry Nicolaides one day…

  3. 3 Bedwyr 23 November 2008 at 1:36 am

    TC, maybe.

    It is certainly true that if there were a machine that could reveal people’s thoughts then just about everyone in the North and North-East of Thailand would be in jail, because the propaganda is just not working any more. Thaksin knows this, which is why he is apparently going to adopt a scorched-earth approach.

    The shit-fight that is going to ensue is going to change the face of Thailand forever. Inasmuch as I loathe the thief Thaksin, it is clear to me now that his crimes and larceny pale into insignificance compared to the state-sponsored crimes and larceny perpetrated on the Thai people for donkey’s years.

    Lese majeste is just another tool by which the elite have stayed elite. Less overt perhaps than Burma but equally iniquitous.

    IMHO

    Bedwyr


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