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30 year prison sentence for criticising the king of Thailand

A man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for criticising the king of Thailand on Facebook.

The Grand Palace of Thailand.
The Grand Palace of Thailand. Image by VasenkaPhotography / CC BY 2.0

Pongsak Sriboonpeng, 48, was convicted of the crime of lèse-majesté, which carries a 15-year prison sentence for each offence. A number of foreign travellers have been prosecuted for criticising the royal family, most famously Swiss national Oliver Jufer, who was sentenced to 10 years for defacing a poster of the king in 2007, before being pardoned and deported. Read more: bangkokpost.com