66-Year-Old Bookseller Sentenced to 3 Years for Lese Majeste

Hardline royalists rally in support of Thailand's lese majeste law at Thammasat University in Bangkok, 2 February 2012 [photo by Matichon]

(Prachatai English)

BANGKOK – An Appeal Court on Wednesday sentenced a 66-year-old bookseller to two years in jail under Thailand's lese majeste law for selling a banned book. 

Bangkok’s Southern Criminal Court on Wednesday morning overturned the Court of First Instance’s ruling to acquit the defendant, who was accused of violating Article 112 of the Criminal Code, a law known as lese majeste law, and sentenced him to three years imprisonment. 

The jail term was reduced to two years because the defendant was cooperative during the trial. However, the court did not suspend the jail term.



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