Thai po­lice seek of­fi­cial on lese ma­jeste charge

The China Post - - GUIDE POST -

Thai po­lice said Wed­nes­day they plan to ar­rest a se­nior palace of­fi­cial who is linked to the Crown Prince’s ex-wife, un­der a con­tro­ver­sial royal defama­tion law.

Mon­tri Sotangkul, 53, was part of the house­hold staff of Princess Sri­rasmi, Crown Prince Maha Va­ji­ra­longkorn’s for­mer wife. She fell dramatically from grace when a cor­rup­tion scan­dal en­veloped her fam­ily late last year.

Mon­tri, who re­mained at the palace fol­low­ing Sri­rasmi’s down­fall, is ac­cused of de­fam­ing the monar­chy by im­prop­erly us­ing his royal con­nec­tions to make fi­nan­cial gains, po­lice said.

“Mon­tri has claimed that he is close to mem­bers of the royal fam­ily to make profit for him­self” in land and busi­ness deals, Na­tional Po­lice Chief Somyot Poom­pan- moung told re­porters.

“The for­mer princess re­cruited him to work for her and he has noth­ing to do with the Crown Prince,” he added.

It is highly un­usual for palace of­fi­cials to face po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions, let alone on lese ma­jeste charges.

But Somyot said he had writ­ten to the Royal House­hold Bureau, telling it to hand Mon­tri over to po­lice cus­tody on Thurs­day.

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