Thai Court Gives Rare Suspended Jail Term for Lese Majeste

by Admin on October 6, 2015

In recent weeks there has been much said about the Thai governments sudden harsh penalties for those insulting the monarchy.

Image Credit: David McKelvey (Flickr)
Image Credit: David McKelvey (Flickr)

But now, a Thai court has proffered a “rare suspended jail term” to a man convicted for defaming the king, Straits Times reports.

This is the first time a suspended sentence has been given for a lese majeste case under the military government.

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Niran Yaowapa, 50, was found guilty last week of posting a fake report about King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s health. However the court was lenient as Niran deleted the post shortly after posting it.

This fact led to an initial five year sentence being reduced by half.

In August, two people were imprisoned on lese majeste charges, one for 30 years and the other 28 years. The strict sentences even caused the UN to step in and call for a change in law.

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