Well-known red shirt singer gets 7.5 years imprisonment for lèse majesté

June 1, 2016

The Criminal Court has sentenced a well-known anti-establishment red-shirt country singer to seven years and six months imprisonment for lèse majesté, making him promise to grow forest to honor the Thai monarchy after his release. On Wednesday morning, 1 May 2016, the Criminal Court on Ratchadapisek Rd, Bangkok, sentenced Thanat Thanawatcharanon, 58, aka Tom Dundee, a country singer-turned-red-shirt activist, to 15 years imprisonment for offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law. Thanat received five years imprisonment for each of the three lèse majesté counts from two of his speeches deemed defamatory to the Thai monarchy which were publicized on YouTube and were online from late 2013 to 26 April 2014. As he pleaded guilty, the court halved the sentence to seven years and six months imprisonment. Thanat recently pleaded guilty to the lèse majesté charge on Monday after he has been imprisoned for almost two years

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