world

As coronation begins, Thai king's future role still unclear

18 Comments
By GRANT PECK

The requested article has expired, and is no longer available. Any related articles, and user comments are shown below.

© Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

©2020 GPlusMedia Inc.


18 Comments
Login to comment

So if I was in Thailand and stated he must have been a major embarrassment to his father, I would be arrested for lèse majesté illegal to defame, insult, or threaten the king, queen, heir-apparent, or regent.

8 ( +8 / -0 )

So if I was in Thailand and stated he must have been a major embarrassment to his father, I would be arrested for lèse majesté illegal to defame, insult, or threaten the king, queen, heir-apparent, or regent.

Yep. If you're in Thailand it's better to avoid any political talk whatsoever.

7 ( +7 / -0 )

Ridiculous that anyone prostrated themselves in front of another human or that anyone allows others to prostrate themselves in front of them.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

Thailand actually claims extraterritorial jurisdiction for crimes of lese majeste, so even if someone were to defame the King while in Japan, they could be brought to justice if/when they ever set foot in Thailand.

Section 7 Crimes Outside Thailand

Whoever commits the following offences outside the Kingdom shall be punished in the Kingdom, namely:

1) Offences relating to the Security of the Kingdom as provided in Sections 107 to 129;

The lese majeste provision is in Section 112 of the Thai Criminal Code.

Section 112 Insulting or Defaming Royal Family

Whoever, defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir-apparent or the Regent, shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.

Might be good to know for anyone who's a regular visitor.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

In the words of Mel Brooks - ‘It’s good being the King’

2 ( +2 / -0 )

M3M3M3

Thailand actually claims extraterritorial jurisdiction for crimes of lese majeste, so even if someone were to defame the King while in Japan, they could be brought to justice if/when they ever set foot in Thailand.

That is correct so that's why my comment is for "educational use only". There's an Australian author found guilty of  lèse majesté should he never set foot there again.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn, right, presents a gift to Queen Suthida Vajiralongkorn Na Ayudhya 

Inside the box is a card that reads "Rise up and sit at my side, my beloved Queen."

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

For king lying on the floor? I wouldn’t do that for king thing at all.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Ridiculous that anyone prostrated themselves in front of another human or that anyone allows others to prostrate themselves in front of them.

Calm down, Chip, in the second photo she's sitting right next to him in the same position as he is.

It's tradition.

@tooheysnew That's "It's good to be the King."

-5 ( +2 / -7 )

Lovely ceremony. She looks like she’ll definitely be treated as an equal. Nothing subservient going on there, nope.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Read this and then say he'll be a wonderful king...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3835977/Thailand-s-crop-wearing-Playboy-Prince-Colourful-past-womanising-new-king-wife-sang-happy-birthday-G-string-DOG.html

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Hey, everyone bows to the Queen of England

No they don't nor is it a requirement unless you are a person of position, like a lord or lady, prime minister, member of the military then you might bow but there's no obligation nor to refer to her as her majesty. I would never bow and the most I might do is refer to her as madam.

For the Thai, the king is god.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

The first photo looks like the guys are playing twister on the floor.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

In view of his dubious past it is unlikely that the erratic King Rama X will long reign over his people. As always, the real power behind the throne is the military and a showdown with the new king is surely looming.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Same week we have a new Japanese emperor and a new Thai king.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

ROYAL SUGAR DADDY !!.. LOL !!..

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Calm down, Chip, in the second photo she's sitting right next to him in the same position as he is.

It's tradition.

Well, in that case, it's not ridiculous at all. If something's a tradition, it's automatically excluded from the ridiculous.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Y'know, this entire scenario makes me sad. Many countries that have/had monarchies started ditching this kind of thing when they learned how to modernize and become a king/queen/emperor for the people. People should only do this because they "choose" to, not because they "have" to. Being born into the "right" family means ***t all because in the end, we all die the same and become food for worms.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Login to leave a comment

Facebook users

Use your Facebook account to login or register with JapanToday. By doing so, you will also receive an email inviting you to receive our news alerts.

Facebook Connect

Login with your JapanToday account

User registration

Articles, Offers & Useful Resources

A mix of what's trending on our other sites