Thai grandfather sentenced to 20 years for lese majeste dies in jail

Amphon Tangnoppakul who wept during his court proceedings, saying, “I love the King.” has died in prison

  • Bangkok (AP) — The case of Amphon Tangnoppakul, a grandfather who had suffered from mouth cancer, drew attention to Thailand’s severe lese majesty laws last November when he received one of the heaviest-ever sentences for someone accused of insulting the monarchy. » The full Associated Press article – By Thanyarat Doksone – May 8, 2012.
  • Related article: “One does wonder how much of a national security threat a man in his 60s with cancer is that he needs to be locked up in jail? » the full Asian Correspondent – By the Bangkok Pundit – May 8, 2012.
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Thai court ignores increasing criticism of Thai laws being used for political persecution.

  • Bangkok (AP) A Thai court has sentenced a political activist to 15 years in prison for insulting the monarchy, the second such action in less than a month.
  • Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, a journalist, became an activist after Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was deposed in a 2006 coup and delivered fiery speeches at rallies organized by Thaksin’s “Red Shirt” supporters.
  • Daranee’s sentencing for remarks in speeches at a 2008 rally came as the lèse majesté law is meeting increasing criticism for being an infringement on freedom of speech and an instrument for political persecution.
  • Daranee said she would not appeal Thursday’s sentence. “I have no will to keep fighting and I will neither lodge an appeal nor seek a royal pardon,” she said.
  • Sentiment against the law increased after a 61-year-old grandfather last month received a 20-year sentence for text messages sent from his phone. » The full AP article – By Vee Intarakratug – December 15, 2011.

    Thai coup(AFP) The Thai Justice system Image source and article

  • “Ultimately, the notion of a constitution being replaced by military force is—from the perspective of human rights, justice and the rule of law—an absurdity,” said the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC).
  • “While government propaganda in Thailand may persist in trying to give the appearance of a decent and harmless coup, the effect of removing the paramount law of a country by force is to make clear that the country is lawless…. Thus the country has devolved, in legal and institutional terms, to an extremely barbaric point that will have lasting bad effects for generations.” » The full article – By Daniel Ten Kate – The Asian Sentinel – July 11, 2007.

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