Woman Convicted of Sedition for Facebook Rumor

BANGKOK — A woman has been sentenced to seven years in prison for lese majeste and sedition, her lawyer confirmed today.

Thanathorn Thananon, a lawyer for the group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, told DPA today that his client, identified only as Chayapha, was convicted by a military court for sedition and lese majeste.

"The defendant was originally called in and charged with sedition for posting on Facebook that a counter-coup against the junta was imminent," Thanathorn said.

"Further investigation by the authorities found content that brought about lese majeste charges."

The courts handed down a 14-year sentence yesterday but commuted it to seven years because the defendant pleaded guilty.

"We were only informed of the ruling after the fact. The military courts failed to inform us that a hearing was taking place. They only told the defendant to appear at short notice," Thanathorn said.

Story: DPA / Cod Satrusayang