A 27-year-old activist has been sentenced to nearly three decades in prison by a court that found he defamed Thailand’s monarchy in several Facebook posts.
Thai activist jailed over royal posts
A court in Thailand has sentenced a 27-year-old political activist to 28 years in prison for posting messages on Facebook that it says defamed the country’s monarchy.
The court in the northern province of Chiang Rai on Thursday found Mongkhon Thirakot violated the lese majeste law in 14 of 27 posts for which he was arrested in August.
The law covers the current king, his queen and heirs, and any regent.
The lese majeste law carries a prison term of three to 15 years per incident for insulting the monarchy, but critics say it is often wielded as a tool to quash political dissent.