Police probe BBC Thai office over a controversial link to its website

The Special Branch Police have denied that neither the police nor military personnel had searched the BBC Thai office in Bangkok as reported, but admitted that police from the technology crime suppression are investigating the BBC website.

Pol Maj-Gen Chayapol Chatchaidet, acting commander of the Special Branch Police, said that police would summon BBC staff, including the editor, translater and others concerned for questioning regarding the posting in its website the profile of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun which is deemed to be lese majeste.

The investigation followed the arrest of Mr Chatupat Boonpattharaksa, alias Pai Daodin, a student activist, after he shared a link to BBC Thai Facebook page profile of HM the King. He is facing lese majeste charge.

Pol Maj-Gen Chayapol warned netizens against sharing statements or images which are deemed to be insulting to the Monarchy in the social media otherwise they might face legal actions.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said police merely performed their duty to deal with issues pertaining to the Monarchy.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)