Thailand jails man for 35 years for Facebook posts that insulted its royal family

A man in Thailand has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after he was found guilty of insulting the country’s royal family on Facebook.

Identified only as Wichai, he is alleged to have published 10 photos, videos and comments on the social network that violate Thailand’s strict lèse majesté regulations which outlaw criticism of the royal family, according to free speech group iLaw.

The 33-year-old is accused of creating the posts using a ‘fraudulent’ account that purportedly impersonated a former friend he had quarreled with. Wichai initially denied the charges but, after spending more than a year in jail while he case was processed, he changed his response and confessed, iLaw said.

Journalists were banned from attending the hearing today, which took place in a military…

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