B.T. (or Jakkrawut)

112.jpgOn 31 July 2014, the Ubon Ratchathani Court sentenced musician “B.T.” (or Jakkrawut) to 15 years in jail for posting Facebook messages deemed lese majeste. These posts were said to have been made under false names.

Initially sentenced him to 30 years, the sentence was reduced by half following a guilty plea.

B.T. was found guilty on nine counts of lese majeste for nine comments said to have insulted the king, queen and crown prince between July 2011 and March 2012. He was convicted under Article 112 of the Criminal Code or the lese majeste law and the Computer Crime Act.

BT was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment for each count of lese majeste (27 years) and four months for each count under the Computer Crimes Act (3 years).

According to BT’s lawyer, “the police used a Facebook account with a picture of a good-looking woman” to entrap BT.

Prachatai’s account adds this:

The defendant is a musician and native of Ubon Ratchathani Province. Ubon Ratchathani police and the police from the Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) raided his house, arrested him and confiscated electronic devices in March 2012. Because the defendant claimed to be suffering from mental illness, the police later suspended the case to allow the defendant to be cured. However, the case proceeded rapidly after the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) summoned him on 13 June 2014.

A law professor complained that the judge had been wrong in sentencing. The defendant did not appeal, preferring to seek a “royal pardon.”

Media accounts of B.T.’s case:

Prachatai, 3 October 2014: “Court wrongly adds 3 year jail term on lèse majesté sentence: academic

Channel NewsAsia, 1 August 2014: “Thai musician jailed for 15 years for insulting royals

Prachatai, 31 July 2014: “Man sentenced to 15 years in jail for lèse majesté

4 responses

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7 10 2014
The repressive weight of lese majeste | Political Prisoners in Thailand

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18 06 2015
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18 06 2015
On the longest known lese majeste sentence | Political Prisoners of Thailand

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