Lese majeste conviction for CD sales

11 07 2011

Prachatai reports that a man identified only as Sathian has been sentenced to jail and a fine for selling CDs that contained material considered offensive to the monarchy.

On 4 July 2011, the Criminal Court sentenced Sathian to 6 years in jail for lese majeste and fined him 100,000 baht. As is often the case – and is the deal cut – for pleading guilty, these penalties were halved.

Sathian was reportedly “arrested on 19 March 2011 near the Democracy Monument for unauthorized sales of video CDs and publicizing the contents which were offensive to the monarchy.”

Prachatai states that Sathian was a hotel cook who had joined red shirt rallies from 2009. His arrest was made during a rally to commemorate the Army crackdown on the red shirts in 2010.

Sathian’s is not the only case like this. Akechai Hongkangwarn was arrested by police on 11 March 2011, and charged with lese majeste for being in possession of 100 illegal VCDs, a CD writer and 10 Wikileaks documents. He was arrested following a rally by the Red Siam group.

 

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