Junta Summons Activists, Lèse Majesté Suspects in Exile

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK – Last night the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) summoned 21 more people, including activists in exile facing lèse majesté charges, such as Ji Ungpakorn, Junya Yimprasert, Jakrapob Penkair and Chatwadee Amornrapat who was recently sued by her parents for offending the monarchy. 
Jakrapob Penkair, former Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office under the premiership of Samak Sundaravej and a founding member of the red shirt UDD, was sued for his alleged offensive speech at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand in 2008. He has lived in exile since 2009. 
Joe Gordon, a naturalised American citizen who was in 2011 given 2.5-year sentence for posting a translation of “The King Never Smiles” on his blog, was also summoned.   
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