Giving it another try

The DSI seems determined to put red-shirt leaders in jail despite having failed before. Will lese majeste charges succeed this time?

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DSI summons 18 red shirts

UDD leaders accused of insulting the monarchy

King-Oua Laohong, Wassana Nanuam and Wassayos Ngamkham

The Department of Special Investigation will today issue summonses for 18 red shirt leaders to acknowledge lese majeste charges.

DSI chief Tharit Pengdit said yesterday the 18 UDD leaders will be asked appear before investigators on May 2-6 to answer the charges.

Mr Tharit said three separate lese majeste complaints filed against the red shirt leaders by the army, the deputy city police chief Amnuay Nimmano, and a group called Motherland Protection have been referred to the DSI.

The red shirt leaders will answer the charges in the presence of public prosecutors to comply with proper legal proceedings and to protect the rights of the accused, Mr Tharit said.

He said the cases are related to offences against national security under the Criminal Code.

The 18 co-leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship who attended last Sunday's rally are accused of insulting the monarchy and inciting others to disobey the law.

They addressed crowds that gathered last Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the April 10, 2010 clashes between red shirt protesters and soldiers at Kok Wua intersection.

In a related development, Pol Lt Col Thawal Mangkang, a DSI investigator, asked the Office of the Attorney-General and the Criminal Court yesterday to withdraw bail for nine UDD leaders who face fresh charges of offending the monarchy in their speeches at last Sunday's rally.

VCDs of their speeches were also given as evidence.

Public prosector Ruj Khuensuan said the prosecution will ask the court to revoke bail for the nine if they are found to have violated their bail conditions.

Puea Thai leader Yongyuth Wichaidit yesterday rejected suggestions that the party supported its members in making inappropriate remarks about the monarchy. He said efforts have been made to smear the party's reputation.

Army spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd said army chief Prayuth Chan-ocha had acted within his authority when he ordered the Judge Advocate General Department to file lese majeste charges against Mr Jatuporn, Puea Thai MP for Udon Thani Wichian Khaokham and former Puea Thai MP for Nakhon Ratchasima Suporn Atthawong.

"Soldiers act in line with the constitution, which says the army is duty-bound to protect and uphold the institution of the monarchy," Col Sansern said.

An army source said yesterday more than 1,000 soldiers attached to the army's 1st Division (Royal Guards) will today gather for military training at the 11th Infantry Regiment in Bang Khen district, in what is seen by observers as a show of support for the army commander.

(DSI) Department of Special Investigation – a police department investigating serious crimes involving influential people, organised crime, or crimes using highly sophisticated technology กรมสอบสวนคดีพิเศษ
summon – to officially order someone to come to a place  เรียกตัว
United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship (UDD) – the group originally formed to demonstrate against the 2006 coup and which supported the Somchai Wongsawat government against the PAD and which is now leading the fight against the current government. They are known for wearing red shirts แนวร่วมประชาธิปไตยต่อต้านเผด็จการแห่งชาต
insult – to say or do something to someone that is rude or offensive ดูถูก,สบประมาท, พูดแดกดัน, พูดจาบจ้วง
the monarchy
– the royal institution (higher institution); the throne; the crown ระบอบประชาธิปไตยอันมีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข
– to officially announce or give out  ออก, ออกประกาศ, ออกคำสั่ง
acknowledge – to let someone know you have received something or the you understand what it is  รับทราบ
lese majeste – the crime of offending, threatening or showing disrespect for a member of the royal family หมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ
charge – an official statement accusing someone of committing a crime ข้อหา
appear – to go somewhere officially because you are involved in something, such as a trial or inquiry ปรากฏตัวอย่างเป็นทางการ
investigator – someone whose job is to officially find out the facts about something – ผู้สอบสวน,  ผู้สำรวจ, ผู้ตรวจสอบ
file a complaint –to make an official statement that someone has done something wrong ยื่นคำร้อง
deputy – a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation รอง
refer – to send someone or something to another person or place in order to get help, information, or advice ส่งต่อ
in the presence – with somebody in the same place ต่อหน้า
prosecutor – a lawyer whose job is to prove in court that someone accused of a crime is guilty อัยการ
comply with – to obey a rule or law or do what someone asks you to do  ปฏิบัติตาม
legal – relating to the law or lawyers เกี่ยวกับกฎหมาย
proceedings – the actions taken, usually in court, to settle a legal matter  การดำเนินการ
offence – a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment การกระทำความผิด
criminal code – the systems of laws dealing with crimes and their punishment ประมวลกฎหมายอาญา
rally – a large public gathering of people to support someone or to protest against something การชุมนุม
incite – to encourage people to be violent or commit crimes by making them angry or exited ยั่วยุ
disobey – to refuse to do what a person, law, order, etc. tells you to do; to refuse to obey ไม่เชื่อฟัง
address – to speak publicly to a group of people  กล่าวปราศรัย
gather – to come together in a group รวมกลุ่ม, รวมตัวกัน, จับกลุ่มกัน, ชุมนุม
mark – to show respect for or to remember ระลึกถึง
anniversary – a date when you celebrate or remember something that happened in a previous year that is important to you วันครบรอบ
clash – a fight between groups of people การปะทะกันสองฝ่าย
protester – someone who shows that they disagree with something by standing somewhere, shouting, carrying signs, etc  ผู้ต่อต้าน, ผู้ประท้วง
intersection – a place where roads, lines, etc., join or cross each other สี่แยก
related – directly connected with and important to what is being discussed or considered  ที่เกี่ยวข้องโดยตรง
development – a new event or stage that is likely to affect what happens in a continuing situation ความคืบหน้า
Attorney-General – the top legal officer in some countries, who advises the leader of the government อัยการสูงสุด
Criminal Court – a court which hears criminal cases, i.e., cases where people are accused of breaking a law and where punishment involves going to jail. ศาลอาญา
withdraw – to take away ถอน
bail – money that is given to a court when someone is allowed to stay out of prison until their trial. If they do not return for the trial, the court keeps the money  เงินประกัน; การประกันตัว
evidence – facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime หลักฐาน
revoke – to say something is officially no longer legal ยกเลิก, เพิกถอน
violate – to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด
condition – something that must be done before another thing can happen เงื่อนไข
reject – to not agree with ปฏิเสธ ไม่ยอมรับ
inappropriate – unsuitable ซึ่งไม่เหมาะสม
remark – something said คำพูด
smear – to try to damage someone’s reputation by telling lies about them ทำให้เสื่อมเสีย, ทำให้เสียชื่อ
reputation – the opinion people have about how good or bad someone or something is ชื่อเสียง
authority – power อำนาจ
Judge Advocate General Department – the army department in charge of legal matters  กรมพระธรรมนูญ
in line with – following a rule or system; also in accordance with and consistent with สอดคล้องกับ
constitution – the set of laws and basic principles that a country in governed by รัฐธรรมนูญ
duty-bound – required by your job or assignment ขอบข่ายหน้าที่หรืองานที่ได้รับมอบหมาย
institution of the monarchy (higher institution) – the monarchy ระบอบประชาธิปไตยอันมีพระมหากษัตริย์เป็นประมุข
infantry – soldiers who fight on foot, not on horses or in tanks or other vehicles ทหารราบ
regiment – a large group of soldiers กรมทหาร, กองทหาร
observer – a person who watches and analyses a situation ผู้สังเกตการณ์
commander – the head of an army or army unit ผู้บังคับบัญชา

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