Tom Dundee gets 15 years for lese majeste

1 06 2016

A couple of days ago we posted on the lese majeste case against singer Tom Dundee (Thanat Thanawatcharanon), 58, who had been on trial for almost two years and had spent 11 months in prison.

As we reported, Tom agreed to give up the fight to clear his name “because he has been imprisoned for almost two years and he just wants to case to end as soon as possible in order to request for a royal pardon.”

The Criminal Court, which was hearing one of the cases against Tom immediately scheduled a verdict hearing on the case at 10 am for 1 June.

Today, Tom was sentenced to 15 years. As usual, because he had finally agreed to plead guilty, as required by the royalists, the Criminal Court reduced the sentence to seven and a half years in prison. 

Bizarrely, the Court also “instructed [Tom] to author a song promoting national reconciliation after he has served his time.” And, he “was also told by the judge to plant trees in honor for … the [k]ing after completing his seven and and a half year jail term.”

The biases and ideological drive of the court is even more apparent than usual.