Lese-majeste : Da Torpedo burried alive under 18 years of jail

They have created a martyr. Another one.

The Criminal Court has sentenced Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, better known as Da Torpedo, to 18 years in prison without probation for insulting the monarchy. (Bangkok Post)

First, you have to know what Daranee actually said during this (in)famous speech. Click here.

I wrote one year ago :

So there is little doubt that Miss Daranee is in a way… toasted.

Unfortunatly, we were right. Her speech was never heard before… in public. It was very bold.

But that’s not the point anymore.

Now the point is : the ticking bomb has exploded into the hands of all the Doctor Strangelove.

All those dirty politicians, crooks and other generals in operetta uniforms… who are toying with the lese-majeste law for their own benefits, who pretend to defend the monarchy but who actually are destroying it.

With promptness and stubbornness.

The first rule of lese-majeste law is that you don’t use the lese-majeste law.

Even a child could understand this basic principle.

The politicians have just put a burden on the King’s shoulders, with a dangerous binary thing.

1-the King does pardon her, like he did for the Australian in february.
The king, again, would show his generosity. But… It would be also another proof of the inanity of lese-majeste law, and its uselessness. And It could open a dangerous flood of critics against the monarchy.

2-the King does not pardon her.
She would become a martyr. The monarchy would be seen as crual, disconnected from the reality, a gravedigger of freedom.

I don’t want to play with words but the dirty politicians have just put the King into a check-mate like situation.

They should be ashamed of themselves.

13 Responses to “Lese-majeste : Da Torpedo burried alive under 18 years of jail”

  1. 1 THUNDERMARE 29 August 2009 at 8:12 pm

    I think the pardon is only for foreigners.

  2. 2 Bedwyr 29 August 2009 at 8:48 pm

    “When Thakin comes marching home again hurrah hurrah,
    when Thaksin come marching home again hurrah hurrah…”

    When a certain person passes on to his just reward, Thaksin will come marching home again.

    Daranee will be free, ant the shit will be in the fan.

    This, together with the executions this week now clearly mark a crack-down. And the civil war I predicted last year comes a few yards closer.


  3. 3 Soren 'Frank' Munch 29 August 2009 at 8:59 pm

    I am deeply disturbed by this disproportionate sentencing for speaking only, ridiculing Thailand and putting the country in line with the darkest and most suppressive regimes in the world.

    This sentence itself is a case of lese majeste, by associating His Majesty the King’s person with this grave injustice.

    His Majesty has already spoken out against the laws, by stating that he should not be beyond criticism. Well spoken, and exactly what would be expected from a leader truly deserving the admiration from his people.

    While I neither support Mr. Daranee’s political views, nor her way of expressing herself, I call for her immediate release.

  4. 4 ThaiCrisis 30 August 2009 at 3:30 am

    Indeed, it’s likely to be THE problem…

  5. 5 joojee 30 August 2009 at 6:29 am

    anyone who would like to sent postcard to cheer her up.
    please do.

    Daranee Charnchoengsilapakul,
    Room 1/3 Petch Building, Women’s Detention Centre,
    Klong Prem Central Prison, Ngamwongwan Rd,
    Lad Yao, Chatuchak, Bangkok

    Note: Please do not include any political comments on your postcard, as prison guards will retain them.

  6. 6 banphai 30 August 2009 at 9:38 am

    I realise that this comment is slightly off the point (it is very risky to make any highly pertinent comment), but has anyone else reading TC received this message when connecting to an internet site:
    “Sorry, the web site you are accessing has been closed by Royal Thai Police due to inappropriateness such as pornography, gambling or contain any information which is deemed to violate national security.”
    I have been getting it intermittently over the past week, and it disappears whenever I try to connect to the site for the second time. It appears to have no connection with the site content and has happened when I try to connect with, for example, the UK Times Online, the Bangkok Post and my own hotmail. I have twice asked the Royal Thai Police for an explanation using their contact system at http://www.nationreligionking.com/contact
    No reply.

  7. 7 ThaiCrisis 30 August 2009 at 1:28 pm


    Yeah. It’s commonplace. Read my “censorship” category. For years now (it started with Thaksin), the politicians and the bureaucrats, and of course the military, put their dirty and sticky fingers into the Internet.
    Same old story : censorship to fight against “porn, terrorism, gambling, drugs, national security”, whatever… you name it.
    Eventually, it’s all about politics and control for those control freaks.

    But because they are so retarded, they do it badly. They try to hide a little bit, because they know that international scrutiny is not a very good word. So they make technical mistakes, on step forward, 2 steps backwards, they rely on bad equipments, low profil employees etc. This is why from time to time, they toy with some DNS servers, proxy servers… And one website will be “unreachable” (without any court orders, as it is supposed to work, even in Thailand). And the day after, it will work again…

    Even with serious matters those clowns can’t make it right.

    You want real efficiency as far as Internet censorship is concerned ? Go to China. 😉

  8. 8 Insanity 30 August 2009 at 2:55 pm

    More like burned toast!

    1) Immediately after the verdict, Daranee went on to the hearing of another case in which she was sued for libel by Gen Saprang Kanlayanamitr, one of the 2006 coup leaders. The court will give its ruling on 16 Sept 2009.

    2) As Daranee has shown no remorse it is unlikely her (life) sentence shall be reduced. And even if she showed remorse and the court looked favorable upon her she would still face a minimum of 9 years!

    3) The number of high-profile lèse-majesté cases continues to rise as nervousness continues on the succession issue.

  9. 9 ThaiCrisis 30 August 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Insanity : A perfect summary.
    Inded, the tension is rising because of the succession issue.

    It’s so obvious. It’s burning. It’s explosive.

    And in the middle of this conundrum…. the poor Abhisit continues to smile (like an ice cube), continues to make stupid statements about the economy, about the political situation, about the weather, just about everything. etc.

  10. 10 Lothar 31 August 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Well at least one positive thing is in there. Almost all farangs are now watching this country from a clear perspektive. The coup confiscated all this pink glasses.

    Now it’s for the people of thailand to organize themself and fight against it. Freedom has a price to pay – DaTorpedo knows this as much as Aung San Suu Kyi.

  11. 11 ThaiCrisis 31 August 2009 at 9:44 pm

    I agree Lothar. And this is precisely why it’s so damaging for the country.

    It would be interesting for instance to know the “feelings” of our dear prime minister, regarding this story.

    Mister Abhisit was very keen to use, in public, in the foreign medias and thai as well, the sacred words (like Sacred Cows) : “Rule of law”, “democracy”, blablablabla.

    Again : what does the prime minister of thailand, allegedly educated in Oxford, think about the principle of a 18 years sentence for… a speech ? Not in Burma, North Korea, Iran… but in his own country ?

    To this date… the silence is really deafening.

  12. 12 CNXJeffrey 1 September 2009 at 9:21 am

    Dear TC, to be asking to know the “feelings” of the PM is to assume that he has this sensual ability, when he has so often clearly demonstrated total intolerance to political views differing from his own.

  13. 13 Insanity 30 September 2009 at 4:51 pm

    UPDATE on Da Torpedo

    An Open Letter to Princess Bajrakitiyabha by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

    THAILAND: Mistreatment of woman detainee convicted of lese majesty

    The teatment (hardly unexpected) of Darunee Chanchoengsilapakul makes desturbing reading


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Coup, Economic slowdown, Terror In the South... The situation is worsening in Thailand. Bumpy road like often before.

But this time, it's different.

The key to understand the present turmoil is the inevitable... succession of King Bhumibol.

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