"Red-shirts" leader indicted for lese-majeste

16:13, October 21, 2010      

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The leader of Red Siam Group, a branch of "Red-shirts" movement, was indicted in the Criminal Court on charge of lese-majeste on Thursday.

Surachai Sae-Dan, a leader of Red Siam, made verbally offended the monarchy while he was giving speech on the stage of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), alias "Red-shirts", at Sanam Luang field on Dec. 15, 2008, according to the prosecution statement, local website Bangkok Post reported.

Although he surrendered himself to the police in March 2009, he denied the charge.

Thailand's Criminal Code elaborates in Article 112 that whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.

Surachai joined the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) after the bloodshed demonstration of Oct. 6, 1976. He was arrested and charged with a number of criminal offenses including insurgency, murder and robbery which made him sentenced to death.

After years of imprisonment he was freed under a royal pardon.

After the 2006 coup that toppled the administration of the then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Surachai joined in UDD anti- government activities.

Source: Xinhua


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