A Thai court has sentenced a woman to 43 years in prison for criticizing the king

Thai court Denounced A 43-year-old and 6-month former government employee is in prison for violating the country’s strict law that prohibits criticizing or insulting the crown. Pawene Chomsri, attorney for the Human Rights Lawyers Association, which deals with civil rights and assists women, He explained It is the longest sentence imposed for the crime of treason, which in Thailand falls under the Penal Code, and which was sentenced in 2017 to 35 years in prison.

The woman is called Anchan Preelert, she is 65 years old and has been convicted of posting critical comments 29 times against the king, Maha Vajiralongkorn, via Facebook and YouTube. His case dates back to 2014, when he was in Thailand There was a coup From the military led by General Prayut Chan Ocha against a legitimately elected government: Because of the unwelcome comments, the woman was already imprisoned from 2015 to 2018. At first, the court sentenced 87 years in prison but today it halved the sentence to 43 years and 6 months because Prilert plead guilty.

L ‘Article 112 Thai law states that anyone can be punished with up to 15 years in prison for each criticizing or defaming the crown. In recent years, this law was frequently used to suppress dissent and restrict freedom of expression, but until recently in Thailand, it was extremely rare for such an explicit criticism of the king to exist. However, the situation changed after that Large protests against the government and the monarchy In the past year and more recently the law was used to arrest and prosecute at least 50 people for high treason.

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