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Thai musician jailed for 15 years for insulting royals

Published on Aug 1, 2014 2:08 PM
 

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai musician has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for royal defamation, a court official said on Friday, in the latest conviction under a controversial lese majeste law.

The 28-year-old was found guilty of posting insulting messages about the monarchy on Facebook between 2010 and 2011, said a court official from the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani, without giving further details.

King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 86, is revered by many Thais and protected by tough royal defamation laws.

Under the strict lese majeste rules anyone convicted of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent faces up to 15 years in prison on each count.

 
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