Thai man charged with insulting royals for toilet graffiti

BANGKOK: A 67-year-old Thai man has been charged with insulting the monarchy after scribbling anti-royal comments on public toilet walls, an official said Friday, the latest charge under the controversial lese majeste law.

Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, is protected by tough royal defamation rules under which anyone convicted of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent faces up to 15 years in prison on each count.

Opas Charnsooksai was arrested by the military in a shopping mall in eastern Bangkok Wednesday for writing anti-monarchy messages in the public toilets, army officer Burin Thongprapai told AFP.

“Security guards at the mall discovered he had written insulting comments on walls in the restroom… He confessed to the charge of lese majeste,” he said, adding they had obtained CCTV evidence against Opas.

The accused will now be tried in a military court with no right to appeal under martial law, which was imposed by the army two days before it seized power in May’s coup.

Source: APP