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Police hits legal snag in case against ThaiPBS


Police will wrap up investigation against nine people and two legal bodies who allegedly violated the lese majeste law in connection with the “Tob Jote” programme hosted by well-known celebrity Pinyo Traisuriyathamma on ThaiPBS channel.

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Deputy National Police chief Pol General Srivara Ransibrahmanakul said complaints had been filed against the group since March 2013 for content in the show, aired from March 11 to 14 in the same year, that could be deemed as violating the lese majeste law. 
He said police had found grounds to prove the group committed lese majeste offences, but they hit a legal snag as the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) had to order the police to take legal action. The general said none of the 11 persons had been arrested. 
He went on to say that the police would send a report of this case to National Police chief General Chaktip Chaijinda so it can be submitted to the NACC within 15 days. 
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) had filed a complaint against Thai PBS, ordering them to pay a fine of Bt50,000 for allegedly violating Article 11 for malfeasance in connection with the case. The station has already paid the fine.
He said police would wait for the NACC’s decision on whether the police can take action against those alleged to have committed lese majeste offences. 
He said police were also awaiting the National Police chief’s decision on whether an investigation report on a political rally led by General Bunlert Kaewprasit, former leader of Pitak Siam group on November 25, 2012, should be submitted to the public prosecutor. 

Published : March 09, 2016

By : Suriya Patatayo The Nation