Ex-Pilot Accuses DSI Chief Of Lese Majeste

(7 January) A former Thai Airways pilot has accused chief of the Division of Special Investigation (DSI) of disrespecting the monarchy.

Squadron Leader Thanit Promsatit and his fellow 10 protesters rallied in front of the DSI headquarters yesterday, calling for DSI Chief Tharit Pengdit to resign from his position for mistakenly identifying Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra as ?the head of state? of Thailand; the title in fact belongs to His Majesty the King.
 
Mr. Tharit made the remark on 14 August 2013. The phrase eventually became a controversy and raised ire of anti-government critics, who are mostly royalists. 
 
Sqn.Ldr. Thanit stated that Mr. Tharit, as a law graduate, should not have made the mistake.
 
His group also claimed that they had been refused by the DSI and Mr. Kittipong Kittayarak, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, to process legal prosecution against Mr. Tharit. DSI officials said Sqn.Ldr. Thanit′s complaint is beyond the jurisdiction of the DSI.
 
The group now demands accountability from DSI Chief, and demands the Ministry of Justice to prosecute Mr. Tharit, Sqn.Ldr. Thanit said.
 
They disbanded after 2 hours of protests. 
 
 

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