When families fight Thai-style : the filing of a lese majeste complaint against a siblingBy Bangkok Pundit Aug 20, 2013 10:00AM UTC
BP mentioned the issue of the problem of ‘Standing’ in regards to lese majeste in 2007 as excerpted below:
Standing to bring an action under section 112 is not limited to the monarchy and anyone who thinks the monarchy has been harmed is allowed to bring an action. This makes it an attractive tool to suppress political speech because unlike civil defamation suits where the plaintiff needs a lawyer and could possibly incur substantial legal resources in bringing a claim, lese majeste is a criminal action brought by the state without any cost to the complainantt.
The Bangkok Post:
The trial of a lese majeste suspect who was accused by his own brother of insulting the monarchy will begin today.
He was indicted by the prosecutor last September on two counts – making defamatory comments against members of the royal family while watching TV news, and writing an insulting word against the monarchy on a compact disc.
The defendant’s lawyer, Anon Nampha, said his client has a history of quarrelling with his elder brother.
They fought so much that the elder brother, who brought the complaint against Mr Yuthaphum, left the business they had run together.
Mr Yuthaphum’s case is among the concerns raised by the UN Human Rights Office in its mid-year report regarding the problematic application of the lese majeste law.
The office says the broad and loose conditions of the law allow anyone to lay lese majeste charges against anybody.
BP: Be careful who you fight with… It would be wise to tread lightly around some family members….