Ji Ungpakorn, a political scientist at Chulalongkorn University - one of the country's leading universities - denied the charges and accused the government of increasingly using Thailand's harsh lese majeste laws to silence criticism.
"This is a way of shutting up people and silencing opponents, especially opponents to the military dictatorship in 2006," said Ji
, who also writes under the name Giles Ji Ungpakorn.
Police filed charges today, Ji
said, but must still submit the case to the public prosecutor, who decides whether to bring the case to trial.
All of the recent lese majeste cases are terrible, but this one in particular seems to be a deliberate threat to any intellectuals challenging the current (royalist) regime - Ji Ungpakorn
is an internationally respected scholar, who teaches at one of the top two universities in Thailand and is widely read both domestically and in the West.
It's a frightening time in Thailand.
In case you didn't pick it up, ya Hoss, he's
also one of yours.
The party he
belongs to, Workers' Democracy, is part of the IST.