Paiboon: Embassies replied to letters about lese majeste

Paiboon: Embassies replied to letters about lese majeste

There has been a "positive response" to letters sent to the ambassadors of seven countries where lese majeste suspects are sheltering, Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya said on Wednesday.

Gen Paiboon last week said he had signed letters to the ambassadors of seven countries that 19 lese majeste suspects had fled to, asking for their cooperation in regard to extradition requests.

According to a Justice Ministry source, the seven countries included the United States, France, Australia, Japan and New Zealand.

Gen Paiboon said the ambassaders of those countries had replied directly to him.  

Each of those countries had become more aware of the problem and its root causes, and understood the ongoing situation in Thailand. However, they had a problem regarding international law.

The justice minister said the cooperation and understanding of those countries is necessary in lessening the problem and deterring suspects from continuing to give offence. It was hard to change their attitude, Gen Paiboon said.

Asked if it was likely the suspects would be extradited to Thailand for trial, Gen Paiboon said he remained hopeful but admitted there were legal issues.

"The prime minister has said he does want to see people quarrel.  If we attach no importance to their campaigning on the social media, they will soon vanish from the social world," the justice minister said.

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