According to US media reports on the 19th, a Thai woman was sentenced to 43 years and 6 months in prison for the crime of “insulting the royal family”. This is a sentence imposed on the person who committed the crime since Thailand established the crime of “insulting the royal family”. The heaviest penalty.
It is understood that the woman’s name is An Chang, 63 years old this year, and the Associated Press stated that she had served as a public servant in the Thai government for at least 40 years. An Chang’s lawyer recently told Reuters that An Chang has admitted that the content he shared and posted on social media Facebook and YouTube between 2014 and 2015 violated Article 112, paragraph 29 of the Criminal Code, but An Chang emphasized that I just shared the audio and video without commenting on these contents. From January 2015 to November 2018, An Chang has been in a state of imprisonment because of his connection with the Thai monarchy critic and underground blog host Ban. Because of the “confession” of the crime, the Thai court halved An Chang’s sentence from 1987 to 43 years and 6 months.
According to the Thai Human Rights Lawyers Organization, An Chang has applied for bail and is waiting to appeal the court’s decision. Singapore’s “Lianhe Zaobao” reported on the 19th that Article 112 of Thailand’s Criminal Code stipulates that the royal family must be protected from defamation, insults or threats, but the content of the legal provisions is usually interpreted as all criticisms of the monarchy. The BBC reported that Thailand’s legal regulations on the reputation of the royal family are among the strictest in the world.
In the past year, there has been a continuous wave of democratic demonstrations in Thailand. Many protesters rallied in Bangkok, demanding that the government step down and reform the monarchy. Thai authorities have also frequently initiated lawsuits against protesters on charges of “insulting the royal family.” Recently, anti-government demonstrations in Thailand have been greatly reduced, and only a few sporadic rallies are left.