Lese-majeste madness : 10 years of prison for a picture…

The Criminal Court Friday sentenced a man to ten year imprisonment for posting a picture deemed insulting the monarchy on a website.

Initially, Suwicha Thakho was sentenced to be jailed for 20 years but the court commuted the jail term by half after he pleaded guilty.

He was charged with violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code and violating the computer crime act.

The man wept upon learning of his sentence. (Nation)

Change with Abhisit ? Yes we can’t. He lied during his speech at Oxford, saying that most cases would be solved… and that everything was cool and normal, and that Giles was a coward because he left the country, blablabla.


How Abhisit can parade like a fish into the sea at the G20 in London, among Obama and all those powerful and civilized men, and meanwhile let this happen… 10 years of prison for a picture insulting the King ?

Sorry : 20 years of prison for a picture insulting the King ? !

This is the result of this insane lese-majeste law mixed with the insane Computer Crime Law (designed by the Junta in 2007, and then endorsed by Samak, Somchai and Abhisit governments) used by insane politicians for their own insane profit…

This is the reality of Thailand. Not 300 years ago.

But today. Now. In 2009.

It’s a shame. And it’s damaging a lot the image of the monarchy.

19 Responses to “Lese-majeste madness : 10 years of prison for a picture…”

  1. 1 Marvo 3 April 2009 at 8:48 am

    Poor old Abhisit looks like Nobby-no-mates in that photo TC. Did anyone actually talk to him or even notice he was there? Looks like he had his hair done all nice for the photo ops too.

  2. 2 loris 3 April 2009 at 11:55 am

    I saw the picture of the poor man crying in the Nation.I feel so sad for him, and with three kids too,10 years is a very long time.The probably wanted to make an example of him.This is terrible,in this day and age.

  3. 3 ThaiCrisis 3 April 2009 at 12:15 pm

    Make an example ? I’m not sure. Because… he’s not alone.
    What about Da Torpedo ? Sure this woman made some harsh comments… but she’s rotting in jail since july as well. And Harry ? He was “lucky” : only 5 months in jail, before to be pardoned by the King. Plus other pending cases…
    So where are the limits of an “example” ?

    I think the “grinding machine” is running amok… Nobody can control anymore the situation, excepted the King himself. He can pardon or not.

    And this is the irony of the situation… some people want to protect the King, fair enough, but eventually they put on his shoulders all the burden ! It’s insane and unfair.

    There is only one solution : to scrap (or amend) this law.

    It’s a scandal because anyone can press charges… And the police has to investigate… No officer would be fool enough to scrap a case ! Once the “grinding machine” is started, the process can’t be stopped.

  4. 4 observer 3 April 2009 at 12:31 pm

    This really looks like a photo montage á la North Korean style.

  5. 5 ThaiCrisis 3 April 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Or soviet style… good old days… But you have to remember : what was added…. could disappear very quickly. 😉

    On a methaphorical level, this is exactly what is going to happen to Abhisit the Hobbit : he won’t stay Prime Minister very long.

  6. 6 Bedwyr 3 April 2009 at 12:57 pm

    The government is nicely rattled right now. Running around avoiding government house (nothing to do with the reds though), and offering talks with Thaksin.

    I am not a betting man but I would give odds on a deal in the offing to release his money if he buggers off. Right now the government is donning brown trousers. The business with Prem has really poked a stick in the hornets nest and that will run on.

    Speaking of which I see the gay old cavalier has gone home with 100 guards to look after his sorry ass.

    Reds under the bed perhaps? Nothing to do with a certain late-night visit I suppose?


  7. 7 fall 3 April 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Ain’t picture worth a thousand words?
    Hence, a jail time worthy of such.

    Now, this will goes down real well in history.

  8. 8 Lothar 3 April 2009 at 2:13 pm

    Has the King ever given a royal pardon to a Thai citizen for Lese-Majeste.

    I plan to come back to Thailand on April 26 for about 16 month. But i really don’t feel well with the current situation. Every fucking guy can blackmail you and there is almost nothing you can do.

    Maybe it’s time to realize that Europe is not that bad and just stay at home until the crazy ones are out of power. Whenever that be.

    And if i don’t stay in Germany maybe the Philippines – at least you can open your mouth there – and the mothers in Cebu also have beautiful daughters.

  9. 9 Phoenix 3 April 2009 at 2:33 pm

    Lothar: Good question about the pardoning ratio for Thais/Foreigners. I also dont know but am curious.

    I will go to the Philippines soon, after having been to Thailand seven times now. I have mainly personal reasons for doing so, but somehow the political and social situation does its fair share to support my decision. I was stuck already in BKK last year due to the PAD-madness.

    I wouldnt be surprised if I come back from the Philippines and wonder why I went to Thailand before so many times. So much speaks for the Philippines now: Airport always open, you can step on pesos notes without ending up in jail, clubs can legally open all night and do sin large numbers, people understand English, the Pinays are a funny bunch of women and you have great nature as well.

    I already now start to wonder why I once loved Thailand so much.


  10. 10 loris 3 April 2009 at 3:33 pm


    By example, I meant the others have not been sentenced yet…though I may be wrong.

  11. 11 petri 3 April 2009 at 4:52 pm

    The PM photo opp picture is definitely a photoshop cut ‘n paste job, more like done by a talented peon at the Nation…who invited him anyway, and wasn’t he supposed to go on Hard Talk?

  12. 12 Bedwyr 4 April 2009 at 2:14 am

    Certainly a montage. The players probably dont even know who Abhisit is. And in any case, he is only there because Indonesia is a member of G20 and a member of ASEAN (what difference that makes is a mystery to me).

    For Abhisit to front up and start lecturing people on protectionism and free trade is a joke given the real trade position in Thailand. And to tell them they need to kick start the developing countries (ie Thailand) is right-out bizarre.

    Still, you know what Thais are like, they will take any opportunity to seem important and we will hear about this for a while. Abhisit and the Prez (they call me ‘Obamark at home you know Mr Obama – they think I’m just like you!), Abhisit and the Queen, Abhisit and proper people . Look at the photos of him and Brown. Now Brown is about as small as you can get in current standing yet he towers over Abhisit in all respects.

    Abhisit is just a nonce, I truly hope he makes the most of his opportunity, because a change is coming. His grab for power at any cost will have been his undoing, and he will go down in history as Thailand’s worst political bad joke.


  13. 13 Actu-Film.com 4 April 2009 at 7:16 am

    @petri I think this a real picture: I saw it on the New York Times site.

    But I wonder how he managed to get in the center. He must have run hoping to be well-placed on the picture in order to score a few PR points in Thailand (like: see I was there!)

  14. 14 World Insanity 4 April 2009 at 10:45 am

    Picture is probably genuine. As can be seen from the video link below – approx 40 seconds in:

    And the following G20 ‘family photo’ (enlarge):

  15. 15 thaichris 4 April 2009 at 12:02 pm

    @lothar, @phoenix

    Have fun at the Philipines. And always keep your hands in our pockets when you walk around in Manila or your money is gone. Don’t drink any fruit juice offered by anybody or you might wake up only 24 hours later. And don’t expect any good food, just only fast food and sandwiches. Oh yeah, and don’t forget to check your Jonny frequently at the hospital nearby.


    I agree that the law is ineceptable for westerner. But if you ask Thai’s they don’t have a problem with. And for them, the things Abhisit says make sence. The once which disagree with Abhisit disagree only because he is not Thaksin. If Thaksin would be the PM (or any other Thai polititian), he would say the same shit and there supporting mob would clap there hands and the non-supporting would complain.

    Non-thais need to understand how Thailand is. You either accept it and then you can live here or then you don’t accept it and then it is better you look for another place to live. The This are not unhappy with this. And foreigners will never be able to change this country. The change could only come from inside and the majority of Thais don^t see any reason to change. Replace yes, change no.

    PS: I miss the comments of ThaiChinese. The comments to this blog become too uniforme. Did he ever comment again?

  16. 16 ThaiCrisis 4 April 2009 at 2:25 pm

    The change could only come from inside and the majority of Thais don’t see any reason to change. Replace yes, change no.

    I think you underestimate the appetite for change, real change, the thais may have.

    Look at the revolutionary tone of Thaksin (in his latest speeches), it’s fascinating. He’s attacking the aristocrats, the conservators…
    And you know what ? It’s working !

    Don’t forget the fundamental change that will happen in the near future: the royal succession.

    Believe me, we wouldn’t see all this circus since so many years if it wasn’t the goal. The stakes are very high. The forces behind Thaksin know it, and the conservators know it as well… Hence the conflict.

    Something is happening…

  17. 17 George P Tuckeer 4 April 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Indeed, something may well be happening, but will it lead to real change, or just change at the top? When will ordinary Thais begin to get a fair shake?

    On the other hand all this fire and brimstone from Takshin may simply mean he’s running out of options and perhaps all he wants now is just to get all his frozen assets back. If so, then all this behind the scenes activity is just the usual backroom deal-making.

  18. 18 Phoenix 5 April 2009 at 10:25 am

    TC: Thanks for the caring hints about food, theft and getting drugged. I am aware of that and much of that also happens in Thailand, just in different shades. The usualy precaution will prbably do. If not, I will (hopefully be able to) report here.

    Re: Checking the Willy: The Philippines have an HIV infection rate of about 0,2%, Thailand around 1,4%. Check http://www.unaids.org for details.

    Therefore, I think the Willy – statistically speaking – needs more care in Thailand than on the Philippines.

    For everything else, there is Zythromax (Azithromycin) 😉

  19. 19 Chris 29 August 2009 at 12:53 am

    Can someone publish the sentences for “normal” crimes?

    Rape = X years
    Burglary & Robbery = …
    Manslaughter = X years

    This would put the LM law into perspective.

    Take the acts of terrorism committed by a royalist group named PAD – nothing much came of it. Who got prosecuted? Try that somewhere and you will be taken out by a SWAT team!

    There seems to be a double standard which is most disturbing. The economic damage of the PAD’s acts cost the country billions of dollars. Again, where are the sentences for that?

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