Thai royalist sentenced for repeating royal insult
BANGKOK (AP) - The founder of Thailand's royalist "yellow shirt" movement was sentenced to two years in jail for defaming the monarchy by repeating offensive comments made by a political opponent.
A Bangkok appeals court found 65-year-old media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul guilty of lese majeste for quoting remarks made by an anti-establishment activist to a crowd at a protest in 2008. He was released after posting 500,000 baht (S$20,125) in bail pending a planned appeal.
Thailand's lese majeste law is the world's harshest, mandating a jail term of three to 15 years. Tuesday's action overturned a criminal court's dismissal of the case against Sondhi on the grounds that he was only urging that the original speaker be prosecuted.
The judge also cut his three-year sentence by a year because he provided helpful testimony.