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Thailand’s Junta Seek Extradition of 40 Lese Majeste Fugatives Abroad



Justice Minister Gen. Paibul Khumchaya

Justice Minister Gen. Paibul Khumchaya


BANGKOK – Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation has submitted a file of 40 fugitives facing lese majeste charges who are believed to have taken refuge abroad to the Justice Ministry.

According to Thai PBS, Justice Minister Gen. Paibul Khumchaya said Thursday that he would pass the file to the Foreign Ministry which would be able to explain to foreign governments about the charges against them.

Gen. Paibul Khumchaya added the Foreign Ministry would also inform foreign governments of its unease if these suspects continue with their activities deemed threatening the Monarchy abroad and would like to have them extradited back to face military justice.

The minister however admitted that it was difficult to have these suspects extraditied back to Thailand because of the difference of the laws in the foreign countries and their viewpoints about lese majeste charge.

General Paibul insisted that the authorities were not selective in their treatment of a lese majeste suspect, Mr Krit Bootdeejin, a member of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship who allegedly posted a fake palace statement in the social media.

Meanwhile, The Thai military has reportedly denied legal counsel to Mr Krit Bootdeejin a Redshirt activist who was arrested for spreading a fake royal statement, citing powers granted to the military under martial law.

Krit, who has been identified as member of the Redshirt movement, is currently facing charges of lese majeste (insulting the monarchy) and violating Computer Crimes Act, which criminalizes using a computer to spread false information.

Winyat Chartmontri, a lawyer dispatched by Redshirt leaders to assist Krit today, told reporters he was refused entry into the 11th Infantry Regiment headquarters, where Krit has been detained since his arrest yesterday. According to Winyat, military officers claimed they had the right to detain Krit without any access to legal representation for up to seven days under martial law.

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