Bangkok - The Thailand Constitutional Court yesterday ruled that the controversial Section 112 of the Penal Code, better known as the lèse majesté law, is not contradictory with human rights protections of the country’s constitution, including on freedom of expression.
The Court ruled on two petitions submitted the Criminal Court from the arguments of Somyos Preuksakasemsuk and Ekachai Hongkangwan, who are both undergoing separate trials under Section 112. Ekachai is out on bail, but Somyos remains under detention despite 11 requests for release on bail.
The main argument of the unanimous ruling is that Article 112 gives a ‘real practical effect’ to Section 8 of the 2007 Constitution (B.E. 2549) that puts the monarch in a ‘position of revered worship’ and ‘shall not be violated’. Section 8 also prohibits any person from exposing the King to any form of accusation or action.