‘Black’ protest by MP accused of lese majesty


Democrat party-list MP Kalaya Sophonpanich yesterday wore black in “mourning” for what she described as injustice when she showed up to face charges of lese majesty at the Metropolitan Police Bureau.

She faces charges for her alleged involvement in the distribution of campaign stickers quoting two royal statements in January – ahead of the general election on February 6.

One of the campaign stickers carried the message, “The richer, The more corrupt”.

“I vow to serve Their Majesties until the day I die and I have served Their Majesties for nearly 30 years,” Kalaya said.

She said she was ready to face imprisonment or even death if she could if doing so would contribute to democracy in Thailand, where HM the King is the head of state.

“I want to see the end of those who do the country harm,” Kalaya said.

Krabi Democrat MP Pichet Phanvichartkul, who is representing Kalaya as her attorney, said he was concerned about the mood of the public because it could take years to prove the suspect’s innocence, during which time some members of society might misjudge Kalaya.

Police said that the stickers were illegal because they were published without the consent of the Royal Household Bureau and because the quotes had been distorted.

Published on March 09, 2005