A man was yesterday sentenced to 10 years in jail for posting on the Internet doctored images mocking certain members of the royal family.
The Criminal Court found Suwicha or Chinnapat Thakho, a 34-year-old resident of Nakhon Phanom province, guilty of acting in contempt of the monarchy. The defendant was found to have violated the Penal Code, the Constitution and the Computer Crime Act.--
The court yesterday gave an initial penalty of 20 years' imprisonment but later reduced it by half due to the defendant's confession. Suwicha, taken from the Bangkok Remand Prison in inmate attire to attend the verdict reading, wept with his parents and relatives from Nakhon Phanom upon hearing the ruling.
As a blogger, I follow as many stories on Thailand as possible. I'd say that the lese majeste stories get more international exposure than anything else. The reason I think they get so much coverage is because the penalties are draconian.
20 years in jail for posting a doctored picture of the King on the internet?
Murderers, drug dealers, rapists, child molesters, corrupt officials get lower penalties than that.
The crime is stupid and the penalties unjust. I think it is insulting to the monarchy for people to think national security is threatened because of some lame picture on the internet.
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