Prayut Said His Majesty Told Him Not To Use Lese Majeste Laws Against Civilians; Opposition Calls For Its Abolishing

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Prayut Said His Majesty Told Him Not To Use Lese Majeste Laws Against Civilians; Opposition Calls For Its Abolishing

Post by Udon Map » June 16, 2020, 1:20 pm

From The Thai Enquirer
By Erich Prapart and Cod Satrusayang

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Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha


His Majesty has instructed the Thai government not to use Section 112 of the Thai Criminal Code, or the lèse-majesté law, to prosecute civilians, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-ocha said on Monday.

“You can see that today that we have not been using 112 at all.” he told reporters on Monday, “You know why? It was because His Majesty was kind enough to instruct that it should not be used.”

Thailand’s lese majeste laws protect the monarch and his immediate family from insult. Those found in violation could face up to 15 years in prison.

“This is what His Majesty has done and there are people who are still violating it. What does it means? What do these people want?” Prayut said.

The PM also said he is concerned with current political movement that has comments related to the monarchy.

In regards to Thais living in exile due to lèse-majesté, the prime minister said that the only reason why they are currently living outside the country is because they have broken the law in Thailand.

“These people should realize that these countries have given them a place to stay and they should not be breaking the law in those countries or else they will run into problems again in the future,” he added.

Deputy Prawit Wongsuwan said on the same day the government is following up on people commented against the monarchy.

When asked to confirm by reporters in regards to what Prime Minister Prayut said about Section 112 against civilians, the deputy minister said, “we are already not using it anyway.”

According to legal monitoring group ILaw and Thai Lawyers for Human Rights the government has used the lèse-majesté laws less but have used other legal means to prosecute dissidents including the Computer Crimes Act.


Abolish the law

Former Future Forward MP Pannika Wanich told Thai Enquirer on Monday that the prime minister’s comments represented a good opportunity.

“If the law is not going to be used on civilians anymore than what is the point of it, they should get rid of this section of the criminal code as the MPs of the Move Forward Party have been saying in Parliament,” she said.

Pannika warned that there were still other laws “that infringe on the right to free speech of civilians” including the Computer CrimesAct that must be amended.


Courtesy of the Thai Enquirer
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Re: Prayut Said His Majesty Told Him Not To Use Lese Majeste Laws Against Civilians; Opposition Calls For Its Abolishing

Post by jackspratt » June 16, 2020, 9:12 pm

From memory, the previous K ing said almost exactly the same thing.

Which history shows, was promptly ignored.

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Re: Prayut Said His Majesty Told Him Not To Use Lese Majeste Laws Against Civilians; Opposition Calls For Its Abolishing

Post by Laan Yaa Mo » June 16, 2020, 9:29 pm

Who wants to be the first to test this? Over to you, Khun Paul.
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Re: Prayut Said His Majesty Told Him Not To Use Lese Majeste Laws Against Civilians; Opposition Calls For Its Abolishing

Post by rick » June 17, 2020, 12:14 am

They do not need Lese Majeste laws any more. They have concrete and the Mekong.

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Re: Prayut Said His Majesty Told Him Not To Use Lese Majeste Laws Against Civilians; Opposition Calls For Its Abolishing

Post by Khun Paul » June 17, 2020, 7:08 am

Laan Yaa Mo wrote:
June 16, 2020, 9:29 pm
Who wants to be the first to test this? Over to you, Khun Paul.
You must be mistaken, I never comment on any Royal family unless it is to make a positive mention . Rather have a Royal than a President that is for sure.

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Re: Prayut Said His Majesty Told Him Not To Use Lese Majeste Laws Against Civilians; Opposition Calls For Its Abolishing

Post by jai yen yen » June 17, 2020, 7:39 am

The Monarchy has never been the problem, it is those that like to use the law to their advantage and control of others.

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Re: Prayut Said His Majesty Told Him Not To Use Lese Majeste Laws Against Civilians; Opposition Calls For Its Abolishing

Post by tamada » June 17, 2020, 9:31 am

So, if the law isn't relevant any more, can UM at least remove that annoying "individual" substitution when someone just wants to talk about fast food or Trump?

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