November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one ...[read more]
November 4, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A Thai court sentenced university student Akkaradet Eiamsuwan to two-and-a-half years in prison for posting a message on Facebook that the court said insulted the country's king. The criminal court judge found Eiamsuwan guilty of violating the nation's lese majeste law, which punishes people who ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by William Helbling
Prominent Thai scholar Sulak Sivaraksa was cited in a criminal complaint on Thursday for his comments about a Thai king who died 400 years ago. Two retired senior army officers filed the criminal complaint, which included a charge of lese-majeste, or intentionally insulting the monarchy. The ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights expressed concern Tuesday that the prosecution and sentencing of lese-majeste cases by Thailand's ruling military junta threaten citizens' rights of free expression. According to the press release, 13 new cases have been opened for ...[read more]
March 28, 2013
by Sydney Normil
A Thai court on Thursday sentenced 37-year-old Akachai Hongkangwan to three years and four months in prison for violating Thailand's lese majeste law. The lese majeste law found in Article 112 of Thailand's Penal Code allows for anyone who "defames, insults or threatens" a member of the royal ...[read more]
January 23, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
A Thai court sentenced magazine editor and political activist Somyot Pruksakasemsuk under Thailand's lese majeste law to a total of 11 years in prison. Section 112 of the Thai Penal Code is the lese majeste law, which reads: "Whoever, defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir- ...[read more]
July 11, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
A US citizen was released from a Thai prison Tuesday on a royal pardon that commuted a two-and-a-half-year sentence for defaming the Thai royal family. Thai-born Joe Gordon (Thai name Lerpong Wichaikhammat), 55, is a Colorado used-car salesman who was arrested last May while vacationing in ...[read more]
September 2, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
A Thai criminal court has sentenced political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul to 18 years in prison for insulting the royal family. Darunee was convicted last Friday on charges of violating Thailand's lese majeste law, which prohibits defaming, insulting, or threatening King, the Quee... ...[read more]

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