#BreakingNews 🚨 60-Year-Old Man Sentenced to 18 Years for Online Posts about the Monarchy
On June 26, 2023, Pong (pseudonym) was sentenced to 18 years in prison for Facebook posts deemed to insult the monarchy, which were found to be in violation of the lèse-majesté law (Section 112 of the Criminal Code) and the Computer Crime Act.
After confessing, his sentence was reduced to 6 years and 36 months. Eventually, he was granted a suspended sentence of two years. He has to comply with certain requirements set by the court, such as not repeating the offense, reporting to the probation officer regularly, and doing social service activities.
Last year on January 20, Pong was arrested at his residence in Phuket by officers from the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) before being taken into custody. He was detained at the Bangkok Remand Prison, where he remained detained for three days to facilitate witness investigation. He was subsequently released on bail.
This is the latest conviction in Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy. Since November 2020, more than 250 people have been charged under the lèse-majesté law.
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✊ Manushya Foundation vehemently condemns the abuse of lèse-majesté law and the CCA! We call on the Thai government to respect its international human rights obligations on the right to freedom of expression and information, laid down in Article 19 of the UDHR and ICCPR. It must also comply with the UPR recommendations on freedom of expression, including the revision of Section 112, which it received during its 3rd UPR cycle.
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