Young Thai rapper Danupha Kanateerakul, better known as ‘Milli’, was fined 2,000 baht at a Bangkok police station this morning, July 22nd, after being charged for allegedly defaming Prime Minister Prayut Cha-O’Cha following her online posts and song composed against the Prime Minister, according to a complaint.
This followed the complaints of Apiwat Khanthong, Deputy Minister of the Prime Minister’s Office and lawyer of Prayut Chan-O’Cha, who told the police at the Nang Loeng police station to prosecute the famous female rapper for public insults under section 393 of the Criminal Code after she was allegedly politically and publicly ‘calling out’ the PM through her Twitter account and criticizing the Prime Minister, according to his statement.
Milli, who arrived at the police station at around 9:32 A.M., had reportedly confessed to her actions. The accuser then negotiated the case and came to a mutual compromise. The officials, therefore, fined 2,000 baht against the 18-year-old rapper and revoked the criminal case.
According to the lawyer, Milli had rudely commented on the government’s management relating to the Covid-19 situation on her Twitter posts, legally considered as committing public insults through advertising.
He insisted that commenting and criticizing on online platforms alone did not consider a violation as comments and giving opinions can be done according to basic rights.
Bangkok police’s 1st division commander Prasai Jittasonthi told reporters that the police would continue monitoring if there were other persons liable for a similar offense. They would also be summoned to the police station, if so. He was referring to allegedly a group of roughly twenty celebrities that had been identified by the government for insulting the government or PM over the past several days.
Meanwhile, a group of Milli’s supporters and pro-democracy activists, including Jarupat “Pai Daodin” Boonpattararaksa, were gathered at the police station to show their moral support for the artist. There was a little disagreement between the group and the officials but the situation remained peaceful throughout the morning.
If you are not familiar with Milli, here is one of her most popular videos, often heard at Thai nightclubs (when they are open) and bars:
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