BANGKOK — A Redshirt activist’s conviction and two-year jail term for defaming the monarchy during street protests seven years ago were upheld Tuesday by the Supreme Court.
The court upheld a lower court’s 2013 conviction of Yosawarit Chooklom, aka Jeng Dokjik, for insulting the monarchy, a crime known as lese majeste, that is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.
Yosawarit did not speak to reporters as he arrived at the court Tuesday morning, and his lawyer has yet to make a statement.
He was accused of defaming the monarchy in a speech made March 29, 2010, from a stage on Ratchadamnoen Avenue during Redshirt demonstrations. Due to strict enforcement of the lese majeste law, Khaosod English cannot republish what he said.
Yosawarit was first convicted in 2013. He appealed his sentence on the grounds he had subsequently participated in activities honoring of His Majesty King Bhumibol, who died last year.
His appeal was rejected.