- Dec 12, 2007
Thai court sentences activist to 10 years in prison for insulting king - CNN.comA 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.
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) ...
In Thailand, A Rare Peek At His Majesty's Balance Sheet - ForbesThailands King Bhumibol, who turned 84 last December, is the worlds 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 Bruneis Sultan Bolkiah into second place.
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 ?