Corrections Department files lèse majesté charge against suspects accused of torching the King’s portrait

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin

Thailand’s Corrections Department has lodged a complaint with Prachachuen police, seeking legal action against a group of people who torched the portrait of HM the King in front of Khlong Prem prison early Sunday morning.

Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin held a meeting at the prison this morning (Monday) with the director-general of Corrections Department, Ayut Sinthoppan, and Pol Col Panudet Sookwong, deputy commander of Second Division of Metropolitan Police Bureau.

Somsak said police managed to track down three suspects, two men and one woman, after they examined footage from the CCTV system in front of the prison, which shows a white MPV at the scene at about 3.10am Sunday morning.

With footage from other surveillance cameras, police tracked the car to the lodgings of the three suspects, and further investigation shows that the trio have political connections, said Somsak, without elaborating.

Police also found a jerry can and a lighter abandoned near the prison. Somsak’s secretary, Thanakrit Chit-areerat, said the Corrections Department has filed three charges against the suspects, including arson, lèse majesté and intrusion onto state property.


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