Facebook to jail Thai man for 35 years

Jun

11

2017

Maha Vajiralongkorn is the current Thai king
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The social networking platform Facebook has imprisoned a 35-year-old Thai man for posting a pirate on the podium that has been seen as an abuse of the royal family and is one of the harshest punishments for a crime involving a Thai royal family in a country under strict laws prohibiting any criticism of the royal family. The provisions of Article 112 of the Thai Penal Code.

The military court in Bangkok convicted Wichai and charged him with dozens of charges of publishing photos and videos of the royal family at his expense on the Facebook social networking platform allegedly belonging to another user. According to the iLaw Group, which tracks royal defamation, Previously, cases of royal insult were issued.

According to Article 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code, persons convicted of a crime of insulting the king, queen, heir or guardian may be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison for each crime. The man identified by his first name only to protect his family, Facebook to a former friend in an attempt to defame him.

Wichai initially received a 70-year sentence after receiving 10 counts, each with a seven-year sentence, and the sentence was later reduced by half after he pleaded guilty. According to his lawyer, Wichai will not appeal, and critics have long accused the government of using laws As a tool to suppress dissidents.

In 2015, a Thai man was sentenced to 30 years in jail for publishing letters and images that insulted the monarchy in his Facebook account. The ruling was one of the most well-known provisions of the time to insult the royal family. 2015.

Journalists were barred from entering the military court during the reading of the verdict. The blatant use of the law was increased under the monarchy, which seized power in 2014, which has charged more than 100 people since the coup. Prosecutions continued under the new Thai monarch Maha Vagiralongkorn He took the throne in late 2016 after the death of his father.

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