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UPDATE: Thai singer “Ammy” arrested for allegedly setting fire to royal portrait

Maya Taylor



UPDATE: A popular Thai singer from the band Bottom Blues was arrested in Ayutthaya on lèse majesté charges for allegedly setting a portrait of HM the King on fire. Yesterday, the Criminal Court issued arrest warrants for those suspected of burning a portrait of HM the King outside a Bangkok prison on Sunday. Police earlier denied arresting the singer, Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan, aka“Ammy.”

Police say the singer was arrested in a rented room at around 12:40am this morning. He told police he was sick and requested to be taken to the hospital.

Ammy wrote a post on his Facebook page confessing to burning the royal portrait, saying he is ashamed and disappointed in himself and it was a foolish idea that put him in danger. He adds that there is a hidden, symbolic meaning behind the burning of the portrait and he hopes everyone understands it.

Original story…

The Metropolitan Police Bureau has denied reports that the Thai musician and anti-government activist, Chai-amorn Kaewwiboonpan, aka, “Ammy” has been arrested. The musician and 2 other people are suspected of setting fire to a portrait of His Majesty the King. The Bangkok Post reports that his whereabouts are currently unknown.

Piya Tawichai from the MPB says there is no record of the musician being taken into custody. He was responding to local media reports that Chai-amorn had been arrested.

“We haven’t received any report that Mr Chai-amorn was arrested or put in police custody.”

Chai-amorn and 2 others face charges of lèse majesté, arson, and violation of the Computer Crimes Act. They are suspected of setting fire to a portrait of His Majesty the King outside Klongprem Central Prison in the Chatuchak district of Bangkok in the early hours of Sunday morning. They also face charges of damaging state property.

It’s understood officers conducted a search for the musician yesterday, following the Criminal Court’s approval of arrest warrants for the 3 suspects. Piya says the MPB has sufficient evidence to back up the charges, including CCTV footage at the scene of the crime. It’s reported that Chai-amorn got out of a vehicle in order to set fire to the portrait, while the other 2 suspects remained in the car.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Ive just burned a picture of harry and megan if I had one of the so called king and dictators that would have burned as well and guess what nobody’s knocking on my door maybe because I live in a country of freedom and free speech

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    Jim kelly

    Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    yes Ian, agree totally. where we are we can say whatever we like and voice any opinion…constructive or destructive, good or bad. Covid 19 has only just allowed those dictators and people in power to wield that light sabre of control even more!! QUEEN ELIZABETH AND HER FAMILY A TOTAL DRAIN ON THE BRITISH PURSE… Oh, and before I forget, PRINCE PHILIP ORDERED THE ‘HIT’ ON PRINCESS DIANA!

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    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Always avoid China heads with military hair cuts.

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    consequence never sleeps

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 11:43 am

    he should check for some common sense in advance

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 3:03 pm

    “You are being arrested for lese majeste arson.”
    “You are also being arrested for wearing a silly hat, and because you are in show business and on the media, subjecting Thailand to disrepute and ridicule.
    We accept Thailand is already subjected to ridicule, but with that hat you increase that ridicule.
    The hat will be confiscated and destroyed – unless it fits one of us.”

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    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 3:46 pm

    Here in Holland we have short movie clips on TV with real footage of the Dutch king and queen. It is cleverly edited and new voices are given to the royals. They look like clumsy retards. It is hugely popular and extremely funny at times. I also recall British royals on Spitting Image. Great show, especially the first seasons.

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    Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 7:51 pm

    Yes Ray it’s called FREEDOM something the dictators don’t understand thier is also a show ridiculing our monarchy called the crown our queen hasn’t stopped it because we are free I so hope one day the lovely Thai people get this freedom I’m still young enough to hopefully witness it

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