A Thai court has sentenced a woman to 43 years in prison for criticizing the king

A Thai court has sentenced a woman to 43 years in prison for criticizing the king

A Thai court He was convicted Former civil servant serving 43 years and 6 months in prison for violating the country’s strict laws prohibiting criticism or insult of the crown. Pavini Chumsri, a lawyer for the Lawyers for Human Rights Association, which advocated for civil rights and helped women. Explained It is the longest sentence for treason, under the Thai Penal Code, and in 2017 a businessman was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

The woman, known as Anchan Prelart, is 65 years old and has been found guilty of making 29 critical remarks against the king via the Great Vizier Longcon, Facebook and YouTube. His case began in 2014 in Thailand A coup took place The young woman had already been jailed from 2015 to 2018 because of disliked comments by the military, led by General Prayut Chan-ocha, against the legally elected government. Initially, the court sentenced him to 87 years in prison, but today it has halved his sentence to 43 years and 6 months after pleading guilty.

L ‘Article 112 Thai law provides for up to 15 years in prison for each criticism and defamation of the crown. In recent years, the law has been routinely used to suppress dissent and restrict freedom of expression, but until recently there were very few such open criticisms of the monarch in Thailand. However, the situation has changed since then Great protest against the government and the monarchy The law was used to arrest and prosecute at least 50 people for treason.

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