Thaksin will be questioned further for the lese majeste case

Thaksin Shinawatra has been sued for defaming the King and royal family. From an interview in South Korea in 2016 after the coup toppled the government led by Yingluck Shinawatra.

Global media outlets continue to follow news reports on the prosecution of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who returned to Thailand last August. This includes the criminal case under Section 112, aka lese majeste or royal insult, that Thaksin was charged with eight years ago.

The Office of the Attorney General of Thailand is considering the indictment whether to take action against Mr. Thaksin in this Section 112 criminal case or not after receiving the latest evidence in the form of a memorandum of testimony and a letter requesting justice from Mr. Thaksin.

Mr. Prayut Phetkhun, spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office told reporters that The Section 112 case was postponed for seven years because Thaksin was not in Thailand.

This latest announcement from the Attorney General’s Office means that If Thaksin is released, he will serve his sentence 180 days after the pardon. He may have to be sequestered and returned to prison again from this Section 112 case.

Reuters stated that The announcement of further investigation into Mr Thaksin in the Section 112 criminal case comes after the Constitutional Court ruled last week that The campaign of the Kaew Kae Party proposes amending Section 112 of the Criminal Law, which violates the constitution. and has a hidden aim of overthrowing the government

The progressive party swept the majority in last year’s election. Promote the policy of amending Section 112 of the Criminal Law along with other democratic reforms in the party’s campaign. The victory of the Kaew Klai Party reflected that Thai voters are ready for change after nearly a decade of military rule.

Critics of Section 112 see it as a tool for managing political dissent. and protest marches by student leaders who support democracy which started in 2020, is an effort to encourage open criticism of the monarchy. This has been a taboo topic in the past and has led to intense legal action.

  • Source: VOA

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