Thai woman sentenced to 43 years in jail for insulting monarchy
A Thai woman has been sentenced to over 43 years in jail for sharing online posts criticising the royal family, her lawyer said on Tuesday.
The sentence on the 65-year-old is the country’s harshest ever sentence for insulting the monarchy.
“This is the highest prison sentence ever in a lese majeste case,” said Pawinee, who is from the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights group.
Her sentence comes at a time of unprecedented youth-led demonstrations in which protest leaders have openly criticised the monarchy, risking prosecution under Thailand’s strict law known as lese majeste, which carries a 15-year penalty for each violation.
Anchan Preelert pleaded guilty to 29 separate violations of sharing and posting clips on YouTube and Facebook between 2014 and 2015, her lawyer, Pawinee Chumsri, told Reuters.
She was initially sentenced to 87 years but because she had acknowledged her violations the court halved this, the lawyer said.
Anchan, who could not be reached for comment, can appeal the sentence at two higher courts, Pawinee said.