Thai man jailed for 'attempting' to defame monarchy
BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai man was jailed on Thursday for six years and eight months for crimes including attempting to defame the monarchy - an apparently unprecedented charge that deepened concerns about freedom of expression.
A Criminal Court in Bangkok convicted 51-year-old shopkeeper Kittithon Yamsamai under the country's controversial lese majeste legislation and Computer Crimes Act.
He was accused of writing inappropriate comments on the king's picture and posting it on the Internet as well as storing it on CDs.
The charges included "attempting to commit lese majeste", his lawyer Anon Numpa said, explaining that police seized files in his computer and accused him of preparing to commit a crime.