Thailand sets up lese majeste panel

Thailand sets up lese majeste panel

Justice Minister General Paiboon Koomchaya yesterday 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.

He 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.

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