Tom Dundee gets another 5 years on lese majeste

11 07 2016

Prachatai reports that a military court has sentenced singer Tom Dundee (Thanat Thanawatcharanon) to 5 years in jail for lese majeste. The prison term was reduced by a third for a guilty plea.

According to the report, Tom was charged with two lese majeste offenses for speeches at two red shirt rallies in November 2013.

The first case went to the Criminal Court while the second case was sent to the Military Court “as the YouTube clip of the speech was available online until 27 June 2014, after the coup d’état.”

Tom Dundee

Tom got 15 years from the Criminal Court, reduced by half. In total, he has now been sentenced to 20 years, reduced to 10 years and 10 months in prison. His lawyers say he hopes for a royal pardon.

Pleading guilty and begging for a royal pardon are considered by royalists as significant in re-establishing the sacrality of the damaged royal reputation by demeaning the person seeking a pardon and agreeing to plead guilty.