lese majeste Offender Bags 35 Years Imprisonment

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So you think Thailand is the coolest place to be, welcome to the land of strict rules.

A Bangkok military court today jailed a 34-year-old man Wichai for insulting royal family on Facebook. According to a watchdog iLaw, it was one of the harshest sentences handed down for a crime that insulates Thailand's ultra-rich monarchy from criticism.

Wichai, whose last name was withheld to protect his family form being banned from the country(ostracisation), was charged ten counts of lese majeste for sharing photos and videos of the royal family that he allegedly shared on Facebook that purported to belong to a different user. And that landed him 35 years imprisonment.

He was also accused of using the account to slander a former friend, said iLaw, a group that tracks royal defamation cases.

A Thai legal watchdog group, iLaw, told AFP that Wichai was originally facing a 70-year sentence ten years for each count but his sentence was reduced because he confessed to the crimes after spending a year in jail waiting for his trial.

Thailand's lèse-majesté law is  one of the strictest law in Thailand, a law that is meant to protect the royal family from being defamed, but is often used to suppress dissent. Violators can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison, and complaints can be made by anyone, against anyone, at any time.
Another story has it that, a criminal court sentenced another lese majeste suspect to up to 2.5 years in jail for uploading an audio clip from an underground political radio show that was deemed insulting to the monarchy.
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