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Military court sets new record on lese majeste sentence: man gets 30 years behind bars

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Supreme court of Thailand in Bangkok. Image: Tevaprapas.


The Thai military court sentenced a man accused of defaming the Thai monarchy on a social network to 30 years in jail in an in camera trial. The ruling is the heaviest jail term on lese majeste cases ever recorded.

On Friday morning, 7 August 2015, the Military Court of Bangkok sentenced Pongsak S., a suspect of offences under Article 112 or the lese majeste law and Article 14 of the Computer Crime Act (importing of illegal content into a the computer system), to 60 years imprisonment.

The court gave 10 years prison term to each of the six lese majeste counts he was charged with. Since the suspect pleaded guilty as charged, the court, however, halved the sentence to 30 years in jail.

Read more: prachatai.com

By Prachatai


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