BANGKOK: A Thai man was jailed for 18 years for posting six video clips deemed insulting to the monarchy, his lawyer said, the latest conviction in junta-ruled Thailand where authorities have cracked down on critics of the monarchy and military.
Use of the country’s lese majeste law has surged under the royalist junta that took power in a 2014 coup d’etat, with more than 100 people charged since the coup, according to legal monitoring group iLaw.
Tara, 61, whose last name was withheld by his lawyer Yaowalak Anuphan, was arrested in 2015 for sharing online materials allegedly insulting to the monarchy.
He was charged with royal defamation and computer crime.
A Bangkok military court sentenced Tara to 18 years in jail for violating Article 112 of Thailand’s criminal code, which says anyone who ”defames, insults or threatens the king, the queen, the heir-apparent or the regent” will be punished with up to 15 years in prison, and the country’s computer crime.
Tara cannot appeal his sentence, said Yaowalak, because he was arrested while Thailand was under martial law. — Reuters/thestar.com.my