Military Courts Sentence Man To Jail For Lese Majeste - Thailand News And Articles

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Military Courts Sentence Man To Jail For Lese Majeste

La Majeste in Thailand - Don't Risk It

Military courts in Thailand have sentenced one man to 30 years in prison and one woman to 28 years for insulting the monarchy. Be warned don't ever say anything bad about the monarchy, ever!

The sentences are the worst ever given under Thailand's lese majeste law, which prevents people from criticizing  the king, Bhumibol Adulyadej.
The convictions relate to articles posted on Facebook.
Prosecutions for lese majeste in Thailand have surged since last year's military coup.
Tour operator Pongsak Sriboonpeng, was tried in camera at a court in Bangkok. The judge sentenced him to ten years for each of the six posts he made about the monarch on social media.
But the 60-year term was halved after he pleaded guilty.

King Bhumibol, the world's longest-reigning monarch, is very much loved by the Thai's but at 87 he is in poor health and is rarely seen in public. Sometimes he goes to public engagements but this is very rare. 
Things to know: If you ever meet the King of Thailand, you must sawadee-ka with your hand's held in a high position. A sawadee is a traditional way to greet somebody, of any status, in Thailand.

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