A 48-year-old has been jailed for 30 years on Friday for insulting the monarchy on Facebook, one of the hardest famous sentence passed under the lese majeste law.
Under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, anyone convicted of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent faces up to 15 years in prison on each count.
On Friday, the Military Court found guilty Bangkok Pongsak Sriboonpeng posting messages and pictures defaming the monarchy in six places in the social networking website.
He was sentenced to 10 years on each count to imprisonment of 60 years after pleading guilty halved, his lawyer told AFP Sasinan Thamnithinan.
“It has broken the record,” he says about the imprisonment seriously, adding that due Pongsak was arrested while Thailand was still under martial law had no right to appeal the judgment of the military court.
The authorities rarely provide details of the case, leaving the rights groups prosecutors to follow across the country.
Light according to a local rights group that monitors such cases, only two ongoing prosecution for defamation before the actual victory. Now that the number is at least 56.
Critics of the law say it has been used as a weapon against political enemies of monarchical elite and their military allies and now head to victory against 2,014.
In another conviction this week, a military court sentenced Chiang Rai someone with a history of mental illness in five years in jail for treason.
Also Samak, 48, was found guilty on Thursday to cut a photo of the King and Queen, in July last year, said lawyer Anon I swear.
“He expressed to the charges by the judge commuted the sentence to five years,” he said, adding that Samak is medically certified as mentally ill “more than 10 years.”
In April, a businessman was jailed for 25 years for posting Facebook messages considered defamatory to the monarchy rights group described the decision as one of the hardest known.