Prachatai reports the sad news that a military court has sentenced a man diagnosed with psychosis to ten years in prison for lese majeste. The man was accused of “destroying the [k]ing’s portrait.” Because he admitted his “guilt,” the sentence was reduced to five years.
This is sad news indeed, for “protecting” the monarchy and its hierarchical system has descended even further into the depths and mire of stupidity and vindictiveness that no no bounds in law and commonsense.
Yes, some readers will argue that it has been base for years, but this is truly a new low for royalist Thailand. We think every Thai should be ashamed of its current regime and the disgraceful use of lese majeste.
In Chiang Rai, on 6 August, Samak P., a 48 year-old was dragged off to jail.
Just to show how debased and degraded the “system” is under the military dictatorship the military court “fined Samak for 100 baht (about 3 USD) under Article 371 of the Criminal Code for carrying a kitchen knife in public place in time of arrest. However, the fine was reduced to 50 baht since the suspect pleaded guilty.”