Court sentences man a second time on lese majeste

11 10 2016

Prachatai reports that Piya J., previously sentenced to 9 years (reduced to 6) on a lese majeste charge, has now been sentenced in another lese majeste case.

It turns out that his first sentence was for one email alleged to have “defamed” the king and delivered to the Bangkok Bank “under an online identity ‘Vincent Wang’.” The second charge was initially set aside for “weak evidence.”

The court has now “fixed” that “error” and slapped the man with the additional sentence. On 10 October 2016, the Criminal Court sentenced Piya for a second email to the same bank. It handed down an an additional eight-year jail term.

He will now have to serve 14 years in jail.

Piya states that he will appeal on both charges.