Tuesday 21st February, 2017
Bangkok (AsiaNews / Agencies) - This morning, a military court sentenced a Thai man of 67 to 18 months in prison for writing defamatory remarks against the monarchy on the walls of a bathroom in a shopping center in the capital. The Bangkok Military Court found Opas Charnsooksai guilty of treason, which punishes those who defame, insult or threaten the institution of the monarchy. The story dates back to October last year and only now arrived at a prison sentence; in recent months, the courts repeatedly rejected the man's request for release on bail. In recent years, Thailand has seen a series of political and social upheavals, pitting two opposing camps: the financial and government elite in Bangkok, linked to the military, embodied by the Yellow Shirts, against the...
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