King Bhumibol Adulyadej died in Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand on 13 October 2016, at 15:52 local time, at the age of 88, as announced by the royal palace later that day. The following day, his body was taken by motorcade to the Grand Palace for the customary bathing rite.
Paul Handley , author of a biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej , wrote that either suicide or an accidental shooting by Prince Bhumibol was responsible for the king’s death: “I have no idea whether Ananda shot himself or was killed by Bhumibol , the two possibilities most accepted among historians.
Section 112 of Thai Criminal Code currently reads as follows: “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.”
King Bhumibol, therefore, wielded little real political power, although the constitution named him as head of state and commander of the armed forces. His most important function was to serve as a living symbol of and a focus of unity for the Thai nation.
King Rama IX was the longest-reigning Thai monarch to date. His reign lasted seven full decades from 1946 to 2016. During the period he was devoted to his people and worked tirelessly to improve their well-being, becoming known as the “Father of the Land”.
My taxes!” Thailand’s government has budgeted over $1 billion to finance the monarchy this year, despite the fact that King Maha Vajiralongkorn is one of the world’s wealthiest rulers, with an estimated $40 billion in assets.
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He died in bed in Bangkok’s Grand Palace that Sunday morning in circumstances still not satisfactorily explained. Although the initial official explanation was accidental death , a result of the king’s propensity to play with firearms, public pressure forced the government to open a commission of inquiry.
All kings in the current Chakri dynasty of Thailand are often referred to as Rama . The name Rama was adopted from the name of the Hindu God Rama , an avatar of Vishnu. The use of the name ” Rama ‘n’th” is in line with Thai practice of giving numbers to the king in the current dynasty.
Articles 490 and 491 of the criminal code govern lèse-majesté. Any person who defames or insults the king, the queen , their ancestors or their descendants can be imprisoned for up to two years.
But as a matter of fact, the country has the strictest lèse-majesté laws in the world. Insulting the King, Queen , regent, or heir to the throne can land you in prison for 3 to 15 years. Per charge.
Freedom of speech was guaranteed in the 1997 Constitution of Thailand. Those guarantees continue in the 2007 Constitution, which states in part: Section 36: A person shall enjoy the liberty of communication by any means [บุคคลย่อมมีเสรีภาพในการติดต่อสื่อสารถึงกันไม่ว่าในทางใดๆ].