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PM’s aide: ‘lese majeste untouchable’

PM’s aide: ‘lese majeste untouchable’

BANGKOK: It is impossible to repeal Section 112 of the Criminal Code, also known as the lese majeste law, both in technicality and spirit, and doing so runs counter to the constitution, said Thipanan Sirichana, the former deputy spokeswoman of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party.

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By Bangkok Post

Monday 8 November 2021, 10:45AM


Anti-government demonstrators gather in front of the United Nations Conference Centre on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok on Dec 10, 2020, calling for the repeal of Section 112 of the Criminal Code. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

Anti-government demonstrators gather in front of the United Nations Conference Centre on Ratchadamnoen Avenue in Bangkok on Dec 10, 2020, calling for the repeal of Section 112 of the Criminal Code. Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya

Ms Thipanan, now attached to the Prime Minister’s Secretariat Office, insisted the charter stipulates in Section 6 that the monarch holds a position of reverence which is inviolable, reports the Bangkok Post.

Abolishing the lese majeste law intended to provide legal protection to the monarch from insults and dishonour would, in essence, contravene the constitution, she said.

Section 112, which is reserved for the head of state and categorised as a national security law, works differently from the defamation law which applies to citizens.

She said it was puzzling that Progressive Movement secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, who is a legal expert, has shown a lack of understanding of the law.

Art-Tec Design

Ms Thipanan said she could only deduce that Mr Piyabutr may be trumpeting the repeal of Section 112 to solicit the votes of those wish to see the abolition of the controversial law ahead of the nationwide local polls on Nov 28.

Meanwhile, Lt Gen Paradorn Pattanathabut, secretary to the Pheu Thai Party’s special affair committee, admitted Section 112 as well as Section 116 governing charges of sedition in the Criminal Code relate to the monarchy and as such are sensitive and have implications on national security.

He suggested the Section 112 cases be investigated by a police panel, including representatives from civic groups, academics and human rights agencies as they probe the matter.

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JohnC | 11 November 2021 - 09:17:04

In other words, we don't want the law repealed because it allows us to use it to our advantage when we want to. Nothing is impossible!

Fascinated | 08 November 2021 - 12:22:50

There's a massive difference between the main aim of the law and the way it is abused by some people for their own ends. THIS is what people are trying to address, not an attack on an institution. I trust this is circumspect enough to pass comment.

Sir Burr | 08 November 2021 - 12:09:24

Yet, King Bhumbibol (Rama IX) wanted the Lese Majeste laws to be unenforced.

 

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