Thailand postpones former PM’s lese majeste case until May 29

Thailand postpones former PM’s lese majeste case until May 29

THE Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) postponed its decision on the lèse-majesté case against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra until March 29.

A spokesman for the attorney general’s office said the arraignment has been rescheduled as they still wait for an additional interrogation report from the police.

The case also involves computer crime charges related to his interview with foreign media back in May 2015.

The royal defamation case against Thaksin was postponed for the first time on February 19 after prosecutors said he was not in the right health condition to discuss the case. He appeared at the meeting wearing a neck brace and in a wheelchair.

A decision was expected on Wednesday, April 10, but the OAG spokesman said the investigation was only 70-80% complete, and that more time was needed to work on the case.

Thailand’s lese-majeste law is among the strictest in the world. The law deems it illegal to defame, insult, or threaten the monarch of Thailand which includes the king, queen, heir-apparent, heir-presumptive, or regent. Penalties range from three to fifteen years imprisonment for each offense.

Thaksin was ousted from power during a military coup in 2006. After fifteen years of self-imposed exile, the influential billionaire returned to Thailand in August 2023, where he was arrested for charges related to corruption and abuse of power.

The King of Thailand reduced his sentence to eight years, and after less than six months of detainment, he was granted parole on February 18 due to old age and poor health.

It remains to be seen if Thaksin’s case is over or if public prosecutors will revive the case to court on May 29.

 

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