Lèse-majesté costs towards political activist dismissed due to lack of proof

A political activist charged with lèse-majesté offences and violating the Computer Crimes Act has had the charges towards him dismissed. Security officials introduced the lawsuit in opposition to 31-year-old Harit Nahaton in 2016, claiming he committed lèse-majesté offences whereas chatting to 48-year-old Nattharika Warathanyawit on Facebook Messenger between January and April 2016.
Lèse-majesté, or section 112 of the Criminal Code, prohibits criticising, insulting, or defaming the monarchy and carries a punishment of up to 15 years’ imprisonment. According to a Bangkok Post report, Ms Nattharika has since fled the country and is thought to be in the US. The case towards her has been suspended since her departure from the kingdom.
The plaintiffs have previously claimed that Harit and Nattharika gave them the passwords to their Messenger accounts, which both defendants have denied. The plaintiffs also claimed to have copied the chat history between both defendants, however a university lecturer testifying in Harit’s defence mentioned such content could simply have been edited.
The Bangkok Post stories that Wichan Chotdaeng, a witness testifying for the plaintiffs, admitted he was solely advised in regards to the messages and didn’t really see the chats for himself. The plaintiffs were additionally unable to prove that the account cited as proof actually belonged to the activist.
The court dominated that the plaintiffs had no eye witnesses or any solid evidence to assist their claims in opposition to Harit. Speaking after the ruling, the activist thanked the choose for delivering justice. Printable added that he wouldn’t bring a counter suit towards the safety officials as he mentioned they were just following orders..

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