Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:
Thai man possibly 32 years in jail for ‘like’
A man from Thailand may get a jail sentence of 32 years, because he had ‘liked’ an edited photo of the Thai king on Facebook. He also has criticized a park which honours former kings.
27-year-old Thanakorn Siripaiboon is charged with sedition, lèse majesté and computer crime. …
In Thailand, for insulting and criticizing members of the royal family people will get a prison sentence of 15 years.
Except for the ‘like’ Siripaiboon will also be prosecuted for sharing a critical infographic about the newly opened Rajabhakti Park, located 200 kilometers southwest of the capital Bangkok. In the park former kings of Thailand are honoured.
The park is controversial because the building was much more expensive than budgeted, and because of a corruption scandal. A woman who also had shared the infographic about the park on social media has turned herself in to the police last month.
It is not the first time that someone is prosecuted for criticizing the park. Last month, two key members of the opposition and dozens of students were arrested because they wanted to inform people in the park on the corrupt practices during its construction.
I’m glad I don’t live there, poor man. I hope that sentence isn’t the case.
Yes, the Thai military dictatorship uses the royal family for covering up their own corruption with harsh jail sentences. However, dictatorships don’t last forever.
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