The Criminal Court on Monday morninng sentenced Daranee Chanchoengsilpakul, alias Da Torpedo, to 18 years imprisonment for lese majeste.
The court ruled that Ms Daranee, a United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship member, made several remarks deemed to be lese majeste in a speech on the stage at a UDD rally at Sanam Luang on June 7 last year.
The court sentenced her to 18 years in jail without suspension.
After hearing the verdict, Ms Daranee, who was wearing a prison uniform and a surgical face mask, made a V sign with her hand to about 30 UDD supporters who turned up at the court in a show of support.
Eighteen years in prison for a political speech? Unbelievable. Off the top of my head, I can't think of any instance in the modern era where a person has received 18 years in jail for making a political speech, even in the most authoritarian countries.
I guarantee all the western countries that make a big stink about saving journalists and advocating for free speech for political dissidents will be stone silent over this case.
I can't still get my head around it. Eighteen years of life stripped away just for expressing political views. The whole thing makes me sick to my stomach.
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