BANGKOK – Thailand’s Minister of Justice General Paiboon Koomchaya has begun to set up a subcommittee to speed up cases against alleged lese majeste offenders in exile in a bid to bring them back to Thailand for prosecution.
General Paiboon Koomchaya met yesterday with key government institutions and ministries to plan a joint effort to bring the so-called offenders to justice.
The institutions and ministries involved are the Office of Court of Justice, the Department of Special Investigation, the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Office of Royal Thai Police, the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Culture.
Paiboon said he had been informed about the limitations of the existing operations to bring the accused to justice and as a result he had ordered the establishment of the subcommittee, which would cover four scopes of work and thus could be more effective than the current approach.
Those scopes are law enforcement, foreign affairs, the distribution of information on social media, and promoting an understanding of the process so people could be returned to Thailand to face prosecution.
Meanwhile, New Zealand has been asked by Thailand‘s military government to confirm the status of a 23-year-old Thai charged with lese majeste, on his claim that he has been granted asylum in that country.
Sek Wannamethee, spokesman of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that he summoned the Charge d’Affaires of the New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok and sought clarification about Ekapop Luara’s claim that he and his partner got political asylum in New Zealand.
Thailand’s Military run Foreign Ministry spokesman alleged that Ekapop was using his status granted by the New Zealand government to indulge in political activities inimical to the national security of Thailand, at a time it is moving forward with a national reconciliation.