BANGKOK, THAILAND (BNO NEWS) — A Red Siam leader was indicted on Thursday on a charge of lese majeste (insulting the monarchy) in Bangkok, Thailand, local media reported.
Surachai Danwattananusorn, 68, also known as Surachai Sae Dan, was indicted after allegedly making libelous comments against the Thai monarchy during a Sanam Luang rally in December 2008. No date for his trial has been set yet.
According to the Bangkok Post, the indictment was filed by prosecutors of the Criminal Litigation Department. Surachai surrendered to authorities but denied the charge on March 10, 2009 following his offensive remarks on the stage of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).
Surachai is a former insurgent who joined the Communist Party in Thailand (CPT) in the southern jungle following the Thammasat University massacre of October 6, 1976.