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A Man Jailed for 35 years today for using Facebook to Defame Royal Family, Human Rights violated

June 9,2017

UN’s Human Rights office “appalled” by the sentencing.

35 Year Jail for Facebook Post
35 Year Jail for Facebook Post

Today a Thai man has been jailed for ’35 years’ for a Facebook (FB) posts deemed insulting to the royal family, in 1 of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime protecting Thailand’s ultra-rich monarchy from criticism.

A Bangkok military court convicted the 34 year old man for posting pictures, comments & videos on a Facebook account concerning the Thailand’s royal family.

Wichai, whose last name has been withheld in order to protect his family & relatives from ostracisation, was accused of using the FB account to slander a former friend, said iLaw which is a group that tracks the royal defamation cases.

“The court punished Wichai with 7 years per count, altogether he was given seventy years, but it was reduced to 1/2 because he confessed,” said Y Atchanont from iLaw.

Prosecutions have continued under the Thailand’s new king Maha Vajiralongkorn, who took the throne in late 2016 after the death of his deeply respected & admired father.

Observers have been carefully watching how the Thailand’s new king approaches controversial legislation, which effectively blocks the scrutiny of Thailand’s powerful & opaque monarchy.

The Lese majeste court cases are routinely concealed in secrecy, with media forced to heavily self-censor the all the details to avoid breaching the broadly-interpreted law.

News reporters were barred from entering the military court in which Wichai’s verdict was read.

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