Bangkok – A court here has sentenced a female blogger to a record jail term of 43 years and 6 months for insulting the monarchy.
Under Thailand’s strict lese-majeste law, a person may be put in jail for insulting or threatening the king, queen, heir-apparent, heir-presumptive or regent.
The Bangkok Criminal Court last week found the former civil servant guilty of violating Sec. 112 of the Criminal Code for posting derogatory comments on Facebook and YouTube about the Thai monarchy.
Thai human right advocates said the verdict send the chilling message that criticisms against the monarchy will not be condoned.
They said the law is also being used by the government to silence its critics.
Reports said the woman was initially sentenced by the court to 87 years, but this was reduced after she pleaded guilty to the offense.
Ironically, King Maha Vajiralongkorn told the government not to apply the lese majeste law after he assumed the throne in 2016 upon the death of his father.
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