Worker convicted of lese majeste

29 07 2022

Prachatai via Thai Lawyers for Human Rights report that on 26 July 2022, the Narathiwat Provincial Court sentenced Udom (pseudonym), a 34-year-old factory worker, to 6 years in prison using Article 112 and the Computer Crimes Act. He was accused of “bringing into a computer system data which affect national security,” meaning the monarchy. A confession reduced his sentence to 4 years.

Udom is appealing. He was granted bail with a security of 45,000 baht, and must report to the village chief in his district once a month.

As is now commonplace, the complaint against Udom was filed by an ultra-royalist. Phasit Chanhuaton who complained about seven Facebook posts made between October 2021 and January 2021.

Phasit has filed several other 112 complaints with the police in Sungai Kolok (see here). None of those complaints is against anyone who lives in Sungai Kolok or even in the south of Thailand.

Udom lives in Prachinburi and had to travel to Narathiwat five times to report to the police and attend court.

Udom confessed that he owned the Facebook profile page and made the posts. However, he stated that “the posts were not intended to defame the current King since none of them include a name and can be interpreted as referring to several people.”

The Narathiwat Provincial Court found Udom guilty for two of the seven posts.



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5 08 2022
Kanlaya gets 6 years on lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] with Article 112 cases. Like other royalist courts, it has been jailing people. Just a few days ago we posted on the sentencing of Udom (pseudonym), a 34-year-old factory worker, to 6 years in prison using […]

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