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10 years for insulting (Thai) king


mr_anderson

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A Thai court on Wednesday sentenced a political activist to 10 years in prison for insulting the country's revered king, a decision that drew criticism from human rights groups and the European Union.

The Criminal Court in Bangkok ruled that Somyot Pruksakasemsuk had breached Thailand's strict lese majeste laws when a magazine he edited, Voice of Thaksin, published two satirical articles found to be critical of the monarchy.
Thai court sentences activist to 10 years in prison for insulting king - CNN.com


Whilst the per capita income of the average Thai is less than $5,000 per annum (source : Per capita income to rise significantly, says BSP | Inquirer Business) ...

Thailand’s King Bhumibol, who turned 84 last December, is the world’s longest serving ruler. He is also the richest – by a comfortable margin. Last year Forbes estimated his net wealth in excess of $30 billion, beating oil-rich Brunei’s Sultan Bolkiah into second place.
In Thailand, A Rare Peek At His Majesty's Balance Sheet - Forbes

Although revered within his own country, I cannot help but think of the old phrase 'If you want to know where the power lies, then ask whom you cannot criticize'.

Am I just cynical when looking at how the average Thai perceives their king, or is there have a genuine reason for their affections for him ?
 


southwestkerry

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The law is the law. It can be here or anywhere in the world. Until the law changes one has to go by it... like it or not.
SwK
 

Clanrickard

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The law is the law. It can be here or anywhere in the world. Until the law changes one has to go by it... like it or not.
SwK
What a ridiculous post. If the law says Jews can't hold certain public positions or blacks should sit at the back of the bus does that make it right?
 

gerhard dengler

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The Thai people revere their monarch and the law is very punitive if it finds that a person has insulted or tried to denigrate the King of Thailand.
The King is held in great affection and is viewed as a unifying force in Thailand.

I remember when one of their royal family was travelling by motorcade through Bangkok, the police literally cleared the highway of all traffic to make way for the motorcade (and if you know what Bangkok traffic is like it takes so doing to complete clear the Bangkok streets)
 

Morgellons

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Some Granny is on death row, sentenced to be shot by firing squad in Indonesia I think. Fair play to the Thais for keeping kingship royal.
 

southwestkerry

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What a ridiculous post. If the law says Jews can't hold certain public positions or blacks should sit at the back of the bus does that make it right?
Then change it.
SwK
 

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