Lese majeste vindictiveness

16 05 2018

Nurhayati  Masoh, a blind woman who was convinced by the authorities to plead guilty to lese majeste, was convicted on 4 January 2018 and sentenced to three years in jail. A couple of weeks later she was mysteriously released on bail. The lawyer and her family confirmed that they did not know the identity of the bail guarantor or how much bail was posted. The charges and conviction were later overturned on appeal.

Prachatai reports that less than two months after that bail out, she was again arrested, charged with computer crimes, convinced to plead guilty and sentenced again. The report states:

… on 5 March, the public prosecutor indicted Nuruhayati on the cybercrime charge for posting on Facebook a link to a radio programme hosted by red-shirt activists on 10 October 2016. The prosecutor claimed that her action caused public panic and threats to national security. The court sentenced her to two years in prison but halved the sentence because she pleaded guilty.

It was only a month after her lese majeste acquittal that she was jailed for computer crimes. The vindictiveness of lese majeste policing and prosecution is terrifying.



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