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Lessons from the latest political lawsuit of Sulak Sivaraksa

Sulak Sivaraksa In 2016, two retired military officers, Lt. Gen. Padung Niwatwan and Lt. Gen. Pittaya Vimalin, filed a complaint against me at Chanasongkram Police Station after I took part as a speaker at a seminar on “Thai History: Construction and Deconstruction” run by the Dome Front Agora at Thammasat University on 5 October 2014. The two retired generals claimed that there were many words which violated Article 112 of the Criminal Code despite the fact that the seminar talked only of historical events; noticeably how I had questioned the existence of the elephant battle between King Naresuan, who reigned over Ayutthaya from 1590 to 1605, and the Burmese Uparaja. I had asked the audience to also refer to evidence from Burma without believing only in the Thai royal historical records. At the same time, I confirmed that King Rama IV (reigned from 1851 to 1868) did not forge...

 

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