A former female civil servant has been given a record prison sentence of 43 years after admitting to having defamed the monarchy in Thailand.
On Tuesday, at the Bangkok Criminal Court, the woman, named Anchan, was sentenced for 29 counts of violating the country´s lese majeste law after sharing audio clips to Facebook and YouTube with comments deemed critical of the monarchy, the group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said.
The majeste law, more commonly known as Article 112, which forbids people from criticising the Thai monarchy is punishable by three to 15 years’ imprisonment per count.
The woman, in her sixties, was handed 43 years and six months in prison – a sentence which had been reduced from 87 years after her guilty plea.
Her case dates back six years, when anti-establishment sentiment was growing after a 2014 military coup led by Prayuth, Commander of the Royal Thai Army. She was held in jail from January 2015 to November 2018.