Saturday, August 8, 2015

Pantomime justice

Watch what you write on Facebook in Thailand. The Times of India reports from Bangkok:
Two military courts handed down Thailand's harshest sentences in recent decades for insulting the monarchy, punishing two Facebook users on Friday in the latest cases involving comments posted online. 
A man in Bangkok was sentenced to prison for 30 years for six Facebook postings, and a mother of two young girls in the northern province of Chiang Mai was sentenced to 28 years for seven postings, said iLaw, a watchdog group that monitors such cases. Their original sentences were halved because they admitted their guilt to the court. 
Bangkok military court chief judge Maj Gen Panomthep Wesaratchanun said the trial of Pongsak Sriboonpeng was conducted behind closed doors because "What he wrote was beyond rude. Even the prosecutor did not want to read them out loud."
We award one George to Thailand for Worst Case of the Day.

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