Would it make a difference which passport he used? A democracy that doesn’t just rely on the vote. There is huge pressure on those charged with lese majeste to plead guilty. In Thailand, they put people in prison even if they don’t have proof.”. I learned that anybody in Thailand (I assume a Thai citizen) can bring forward 112 'The fact that his bail requests have been repeatedly denied - that disheartened him and made him want to plead guilty,' Arnon said before today's hearing began. He said that the authorities had sent a young man to study with him as a spy. While I was in prison, officers from the US Embassy visited me regularly, and the visits increased towards my last days in jail. American citizen charged with insulting Thai king: What is lèse-majesté?

He wishes to become an imperial president as in the case of Putin and formerly Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore.

There is no contrary evidence because no embassy has been willing to take a public stand and criticize the Thai law and its use. Joe says: “Before I was arrested, I had no feeling this way or that, for the ‘yellow shirts,’ or the ‘red shirts’,” Mr. Gordon stated, in an interview earlier this week. Other institutions which have forged intimate ties with the monarchy will need to adapt themselves too. Any government in Thailand will not be able to withstand sufficiently large street protests. Thought is worse than the deed! It’s an outrageous assault on democracy, if we can not publish whatever we want, within our own countries. VideoGuinea elections: Campaigning during Covid-19, 'We're fighting for our futures' Video'We're fighting for our futures', Amina is a 'symbol of resilience for Afghanistan' VideoAmina is a 'symbol of resilience for Afghanistan', Portugal's radical decision to decriminalise all drugs.

Are you suggesting that the official policy of the Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs is anti-Article 112? The United States is disappointed by the prosecutor’s decision to file lese majeste charges against U.S. citizen Joe Gordon. And I can’t bear it.”, He adds: “They [PPT assumes the authorities] keep telling me: ‘keep quiet, keep quiet’. TKNS in English and in its Thai translations in no way fit the legal definition of threaten, insult, demean of Article 112 although the book is officially banned under the Printing Act. Apart from that, it should make no difference to the judicial process in principle (unless it’s an immigration matter) — the law should apply the same to everyone. Head who should know better but downplays the facts and overplays your well-worn cliches. It cites Joe Gordon, who left Thailand following his release, saying “I am sad to leave Thailand, but I don’t feel […], […] while incarcerated), Boonyuen Prasertying, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, Darunee Charnchoensilpakul, Joe Gordon, Harry Nicolaides, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Papatchanan Ching-in, Sathian Rattanawong, Suchart […], […] should know that there has been one reported case of Thai authorities pursuing people overseas and laying in wait for others to show up in Thailand. Thais want democracy,but we do not want parliamentray dictatorship or a tyranny of the majority. 00:00 / 00:00. The others are Somyos Prueksakasemsuk, Joe Gordon, Sathian Rattanawong, Wanchai Saetan, Nat Sattayapornpisut, Suchart Nakbangsai and Darunee […], […] interesting is the profile provided to American citizen Joe Gordon, said to be a “high-profile case involving vexing jurisdictional issues…”. ), but it undercuts the notion that TS & company are so bad that they will make us forget Hitler. memo to @notdisappointed They are repeatedly offered deals to plead guilty. And free all other political prisoners! Write Your Request. 4.

Have we become this dumbed-down?!? The Smithsonian Magazine is a well respected journal, yet its site is blocked in Thailand for an article written some time ago exploring the evidence that regicide occurred in the 1940’s. The intention is to reform the present failed system, then hold elections in one-year’s time. He later said “I am an American citizen, and what happened was in America.” He added that “he had no expectation of being let off easy,” stating: “This is just the system in Thailand…. May 2011 Joe Gordon American freedom of expression activist, born in Thailand as Lerpong Wichaikhammat Posted a link on his blog to a banned book about the ailing King Bhumibol. Submit Now. take advantage of the rural poor? Joe Gordon: If Thailand wishes to become a civilised nation, it has to abolish this anachronistic law. Lauer noted that Thai prison officials provided Swiss consular officials full access to Jufer. Another witty reply that obfuscates the facts of massive corruption and graft uner thaksin and his sister. Do you really think that I give any credibility to the rants of AMM and his absurd fixation on 112 and not on the true problem of politicians taking advantage of and using the poor rurals as voting machine where you just put in money to get a vote? There is no justice in Thailand. It will need to adjust itself to the changing political and social circumstances. No different with Red Shirts, they won’t move a finger to help them unless they can directly gain from it (simply from the sense of obligation). This is cause for foreign governments, including that of the U.S. to condemn the forcible extraction of confessions from lese majeste victims. You don’t need to like him. Two and a half years for admitting to translating parts of a book published by the prestigious Yale University Press. Newsday, Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult, Voice of America, American Faces More Than 15 Year Sentence in Thailand for Insulting Monarchy, TIME, Thailand Arrests US Man for Alleged King Insult, Reuters, US citizen charged with Thai royal insult, BBC News, US citizen held for Thai ‘insult’, AFP, Thailand charges US citizen with insulting royals, Gawker, Blog Link Could Land Old Man in Thai Jail, Examiner, Coloradan jailed in Thailand for insulting king, KMPH Fox, Thailand arrests Colorado man for allegedly insulting the king with 2007 link, NBC Connecticut, Thailand Arrests American Accused of Insulting King, WTMA‎, Thailand Arrests American for Insulting the King, The Irrawaddy, Thailand’s Lèse Majesté Laws under Scrutiny, Forbes, Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult, Malaysia Star, Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult, Jakarta Post, Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult, Corvallis Gazette Times, Thailand arrests American for alleged king insult, […] most countries, Joe Gordon wouldn’t be in prison. Joe Gordon: I travelled to Thailand as an American tourist having in my possession an American passport. I hope it will spotlight problems with the law, both for Thais and the greater world at large. Joe Gordon: If Thailand wishes to become a civilised nation, it has to abolish this anachronistic law. To which I reply, “Dear, you lost your form a long time ago, and you have been devoid of substance since we decided to wed. Video, Queues in China for experimental Covid-19 vaccine, Are white women voters wavering on Trump? sentenced to ten years imprisonment [PPT: in fact, it was 20 years, reduced for pleading guilty] after being convicted on lese majeste charges.” He “spraying black paint over five outdoor posters of King Bhumipol Adulyadej on December 5, 2006 (the King’s birthday) in the northern city of Chiang Mai. What the judge probably means is that Joe hasn’t yet been forced to plead guilty. All of the following are from 26 and 27 May 2011: New York Times, American Arrested for Insulting Thai King. Joe was sentenced for a ‘crime’ no one has proven he committed and that may not even be a crime!

So I guess PT and the Thaksinites could live with that. The “Swiss experience” relates to the case of Oliver Jufer and embassies in Bangkok, Amnesty International and those who speak for them on blogs, tend to argue that quiet diplomacy and “working quietly behind the scenes”  carries the day when dealing with lese majeste. VideoPortugal's radical decision to decriminalise all drugs, From End Sars to End Swat, Nigeria protests explained. Early life. BTW, we can all agree that Abhisit was/is a hapless dilettante, right?

That statement by Saprang is reflective of the idiocy surrounding Thaksin Shinawatra and lese majeste following the coup, with Saprang suggesting that Jufer was put up to the act by the regime’s political opponents. Alex #15 I learned that 112 even if it happens outside of Thailand can be tried in Thailand (if the person move there) He is also alleged to have translated some articles or a part of Handley’s book. AFP suggests that she craves publicity and sees her stunts and twittering as a new form of diplomacy. You were arrested on May 2011 which is more than a year after the visa expired.

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