Parents of former princess confess to defaming the monarchy

national February 28, 2015 01:00

By The Nation

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The parents of former princess Thanpuying Srirasm Suwadee were taken into police custody yesterday after confessing to defaming the monarchy.



Apiruj Suwadee, 72, and his wife Wanthanee, 66, told reporters at a Crime Suppression Division (CSD) police conference that they had confessed to defaming the monarchy, lodging a malicious claim and getting officials to file false charges against a woman from Ratchaburi province. 
The Ratchaburi woman had earlier filed a police complaint against the couple. 
“We confess to all charges. We had no bad intentions in what we said or did. We still have high respect for the monarchy,” Wanthanee told the police. 
Her husband Apiruj said he felt remorse for his actions and pleaded for mercy from the Royal Family for the damage that he and his family had done. 
The police have opposed their request for bail because the pair face charges involving the monarchy, the CSD’s acting commander Pol Colonel Akkaradej Pimolsri said yesterday. He said the couple’s daughter Panita would be allowed to accompany them due to their old age and poor health. 
The Central Investigation Bureau’s acting commander Pol Maj-General Thitiraj Nongharnpitak said yesterday that Apiruj and Wanthanee confessed on their own and there had been no coercion. 
The Criminal Court denied their request for bail yesterday.