Thai police captured an against junta lobbyist on Saturday for slandering the government in what rights bunches said was the principal instance of lese-majeste brought under Thailand’s new lord.
Ruler Maha Vajiralongkorn formally rose the position of authority on Thursday taking after the passing of his dad, worshipped King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who kicked the bucket matured of 88 in October.
Police Colonel Jaturon Trakulpan, an administrator in northeastern Chaiyaphum region, said Jatupat Boonpattararaksa, a dissident who has organized a few against junta dissents, was captured and accused of illustrious affront under Article 112 of Thailand’s criminal code.
“We got him at a sanctuary,” Jaturon said.
Thailand’s junta has taken action against pundits of the government since it took control in a May 2014 overthrow. iLaw, a Bangkok-based gathering that screens such cases, said they had expanded since King Bhumibol’s passing.
Article 112 says any individual who “maligns, affronts or undermines the ruler, the ruler, the beneficiary evident or the official” will be rebuffed with up to 15 years in jail.
Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, a rights amass speaking to Jatupat, said in a Twitter post that he was accused of imperial affront for sharing a connection on Facebook to a BBC Thai-dialect profile of the new ruler.
Anon Chawalawan of iLaw said the case was the principal regal affront case to be recorded under the new ruler.