A resident of Thailand was sentenced to 30 years in prison for Facebook comments
A resident of Thailand was sentenced to 30 years in prison because of Facebook comments, which offend the monarchist government. Pongsak Sriboonpeng who is 48 years old, initially received a heavier sentence.
After pleading guilty, his sentence was reduced from 60 to 30 years. Unfortunately, the man is unable to appeal his sentence because Thailand currently still at war after the riots of last year. This is not the first such case – earlier this year another Thai citizen was sentenced to 25 years in prison for insulting the king of the country. Absurd penalties are possible in the legal framework of lèse-majesté, which makes insults and expressions of disrespect to the monarchy and its representatives illegal.