Singer arrested on lese majeste charge

Singer arrested on lese majeste charge

Police arrest singer Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan (wearing the hat), aka Ammy The Bottom Blues, at a rented room in Ayutthaya province early on Wednesday morning. (Photo supplied)
Police arrest singer Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan (wearing the hat), aka Ammy The Bottom Blues, at a rented room in Ayutthaya province early on Wednesday morning. (Photo supplied)

Police arrested singer Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan, aka Ammy The Bottom Blues, in Ayutthaya province early on Wednesday for allegedly setting fire to a portrait of the King.

Police said Mr Chai-amorn was taken into custody at a rented room about 12.40am. The singer requested he be transferred to a hospital.

Police on Tuesday denied reports that the singer had been arrested.

The deputy police commissioner said legal action would also be taken against other people, after a video of the incident was shared.

Police said they had witnesses and forensic evidence to charge Mr Chai-amorn with participating in the portrait burning. The singer was the only suspect in the case arrested so far. He had not admitted to the crime.

Mr Chai-amorn and two others are facing charges of arson, royal insult and computer crime.

The charges carry severe penalties -- 5-20 years, life in prison or death for arson; 3-15 years for royal insult; and five years each for trespassing on a state office and for computer crime.

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Vocabulary

  • arson: the illegal use of fire to destroy a house, building, or property; an arsonist is a person who commits arson - การลอบวางเพลิง  
  • custody: the state of being in prison or under police control, especially while waiting for trial - การกักขัง, การคุมขัง
  • denied (verb): said that something is not true or did not happen - ปฏิเสธ
  • evidence: facts statements or objects that help to prove whether or not someone has committed a crime - หลักฐาน
  • forensic: relating to the use of scientific methods to solve  crimes or to find out why something happened - เกี่ยวกับนิติวิทยาศาสตร์
  • incident: something that happens, usually something bad - เหตุการณ์
  • insult: to say or do something to someone that is rude or offensive - พูดแดกดัน, พูดจาบจ้วง
  • lese majeste: the crime of offending, threatening or showing disrespect for a member of the royal family - หมิ่นพระบรมเดชานุภาพ
  • portrait: a painting, photograph, drawing, etc. of a person - ภาพวาดหรือภาพถ่ายคน
  • severe: very serious and unpleasant - รุนแรง
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