What could happen next if the lese majeste law was repealed?

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What could happen next if the lese majeste law was repealed?

(What could happen next if the Article 112 was repealed?)

 

Recently there have been movements of some people campaigning for the repeal of the lese majeste law. They claimed that the law was abused and used as a tool to defame the opponents politically. Moreover, they also claimed that other countries that still have their monarchies do not have such the law as in Thailand.

 In fact, the royal institution is one of many national institutions that pertains history, culture and tradition uniqueness of the nation. It also represents the soul of the people in the country. Therefore it is as important as other institutions and should be retained for the whole nation.

 The intention of the lese majeste law stemmed from the fact that the royal institution is in a position that is difficult to protect or defend itself. When defamed, the king, as the head of state, cannot be a plaintiff and accuse anyone as this is considered inappropriate. This is the main reason for the legislation of the lese majeste law.

 For the fact that those who desire to repeal this law often claimed that this law was used with the intention to defame the opponents,

 a defendant of such the case is of no difference from those in other lawsuits. All the evidence will be taken into consideration in a trial and the court will cautiously judge the case. The defendant surely can defend himself with no more difficulties than that in other lawsuits and, in deed, he should dare to fight the case complying to the process of judgment.

 Thus, the claim of “defamation” is only a tricky excuse for the repeal of the law. If this law was repealed, it would allow the academics and those who want to undermine the royal institution to easily attack the royal institution because they know that the royal institution is in a position that is difficult to protect itself.

 Nevertheless, in the past, those who committed lese majesty and served the sentence are usually pardoned by the King.

 In other countries, the punishment under the lese majeste law normally includes fines and imprisonment and varies in different countries.

 It is not necessary that the law of every country must be the same. It absolutely depends on the environment and appropriateness of such country.

 

 

 

 




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