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    Thai junta to request extradition of royal insult suspects

    Thai junta to request extradition of royal insult suspects



    The junta said it has been tracking six high-profile lese majeste suspects living abroad who it says have tried to stir up unrest in Thailand and will ask for their extradition.

    Thailand’s military government said on Tuesday it would ask other countries to extradite people suspected of insulting the nation’s monarchy following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej last week.

    Thailand has entered a year of mourning and sensitivities are running high following the death of the revered king last week after seven decades on the throne.

    Criticism of the monarch, the regent or the heir, known by the French term lese majeste, is a crime that carries a jail sentence of up to 15 years in Thailand.

    The junta said it has been tracking six high-profile lese majeste suspects living abroad who it says have tried to stir up unrest in Thailand and will ask for their extradition.

    “We will ask for cooperation, friendship and respect from these countries and we hope that they understand that all Thais cannot accept these insults,” Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya told reporters.

    Paiboon conceded that there were significant legal and diplomatic challenges around seeking the extraditions but said he would proceed with the requests regardless.

    The junta last week urged citizens to report cases of lese majeste to authorities. It has also asked internet service providers to monitor content and block inappropriate material.

    Some Thais have taken the matter into their own hands. A series of videos has surfaced online in recent days showing angry mobs accusing people of insulting the monarchy.

    In the latest incident, a man in Chonburi province was shown being pushed around by a mob and struck several times on the head. He was later forced to prostrate himself before a portrait of the late king, apologise, and shout “I love the king” while onlookers hurled punches and death threats at him.

    On Monday, an elderly woman accused of insulting the monarchy was struck in the face after commuters forced her to leave the bus she was riding on.

    Police said the woman was mentally ill

    Thai junta to request extradition of royal insult suspects - BangkokJack - Bangkok News


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    Monkeys are going apeshit.

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    Not a week seems to go by without the press from the civilised world posting a story from the land of silly nonsense to amuse their readers. Andt they don't even have to work for it.

    Still, at least the Burmese get a break for the next 30 days.

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    A bit redundant and unnecessarily political [yet serves a reinforcing strategy on their part] at this time in Thailand's history - not appropriate.

    Wouldn't it be more Buddhist to allow an amnesty and live and let live extension?
    The obvious contradictory would be that this broad group aren't Buddhists.
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    Should be interesting. I would think for an Extradition treaty to be valid, the offences for which it can be used must be listed. I'd be surprised if many countries have included this.

    It's only Wiki but..

    By enacting laws or in concluding treaties or agreements, countries determine the conditions under which they may entertain or deny extradition requests. Common bars to extradition include:

    Failure to fulfill dual criminality: generally the act for which extradition is sought must constitute a crime punishable by some minimum penalty in both the requesting and the requested states.

    Political nature of the alleged crime: most countries refuse to extradite suspects of political crimes.

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    Could it possibly transcend politics?...Can anything?...Heh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BaitongBoy View Post
    Could it possibly transcend politics?...Can anything?...Heh...
    You just know....that somewhere, someone is profiting - in one form or another.
    True ethics and morals take a back seat.

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    The Law appears to be applied rigorously to the late King, but in a different way for the Heir Apparent/Heir Presumptive.

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