Tailor sentenced on lese majeste conviction

2 09 2014

Prachatai reports that Chaleaw J., a tailor, has been found guilty by the Criminal Court of lese majeste.

On Monday the 50-year-old man was convicted “for uploading audio clips onto 4shared.com, a file-sharing website, and sentenced him to three years in jail. Since the defendant pleaded guilty, the sentence was halved and suspended for two years.”

He was convicted under Article 112 of the Criminal Code and Article 14 of the Computer Crimes Act after being held without bail for 84 days, initially detained by the military after the 2014 coup.

Chaleaw claimed he “did not intend to distribute the clips to anyone else and said he was not aware that uploading the clips could be a crime.”

The saved clip that got him in trouble with the royalist authorities “was a podcast programme by red-shirt host named Banphot.”

The military “accused him of being Banphot, but Chaleaw only confessed to uploading the clips and insisted that he was not Banphot. The authorities then interrogated him three times and also interrogated him using a lie detector, while most of the other detainees were interrogated only once.”


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