A 30-year-old Thai man is going through a file 50 years in jail for royal insult from dozens of social media posts perceived to criticise the monarchy, his lawyer stated, after an attraction courtroom on Thursday added extra jail time to his preliminary conviction.
Mongkol “Busbas” Thirakot, an internet clothes vendor from northern Chiang Rai province, was handed 22 years jail time after an attraction courtroom discovered extra royal insult violations, including to a 28-year sentence handed down by a felony courtroom final yr.
Thailand’s lese majeste legislation, one of many strictest on the planet, protects the palace from criticism and carries a jail sentence of as much as 15 years for every perceived violation, a punishment condemned by worldwide human rights teams as excessive.
Mongkol was arrested in April 2021 and obtained a 28-year sentence final January for 14 violations of lese majeste. The attraction courtroom confirmed his prior conviction and located him responsible of 11 extra violations.
Thailand’s lese majeste legislation, which protects King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his shut household from criticism, is known as 112 after the related part of the felony code.
“He faces 50 years jail, the longest in the history of article 112 cases,” Theeraphon Khoomsap, Mongkol’s lawyer informed Reuters.
Theeraphon stated Mongkol denies wrongdoing and can attraction his sentence to the Supreme Court.
The earlier file conviction of lese majeste was in 2021 when Anchan Preelert, a retired civil servant, was handed an 87-year jail time period for 29 counts of royal insult. Her sentence was lowered to 43 years as a result of she acknowledged her violations.
According to authorized help group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, at the least 262 individuals have been charged with lese majeste offences since 2020 when unprecedented youth-led road demonstrations erupted during which protest leaders overtly criticised the monarchy.