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Man gets 20 years for insulting text messages in Thailand

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 24 Nov 2011 6:05 User comments (7)

Man gets 20 years for insulting text messages in Thailand Insults allegedly aimed at Thai King.
In Thailand, you will face harsh penalties if you insult or make threats toward King Bhumibol Adulyadej, regardless of how you do so. For defendant Ampon Tangnoppakul, a 61-year old retired truck driver, the law has become all too real.

He has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for allegedly sending text messages that the court deemed insulting to the King. Specifically, he was given five years per message, according to lawyer Poonsuk Poonsukcharoen.

"He insists that he does not know how to send text messages," Ms. Poonsuk said. "He insists that he loves His Majesty the King."

The contents of the messages were not revealed in the court, but the judge said they defamed, insulted and threatened the King and his wife.

The Thai government has set up a "war room" which has a goal of censoring websites that carry materials deemed insulting to the royal family.

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7 user comments

124.11.2011 6:28

Bhumibol Adulyadej can suck my balls.

224.11.2011 7:39

Not revealed in court? That would be ridiculous to show the people some proof I suppose.

324.11.2011 8:34

Boycott Thai sticks!

424.11.2011 10:27

what a pile or horse shit. our prisons all over the world are overcrowded. and they throw more people in for THIS!! ya wonder why

525.11.2011 9:13

Well insane he is a king. That is why most countries killed theirs.

625.11.2011 16:41

He called me a Son of a monkey's uncle! Lock him up! LOL!

To delete, or not to delete. THAT is the question!

727.11.2011 14:05

Originally posted by Jeffrey_P:
Boycott Thai sticks!
I second that motion!!!

I know it's good to be king, but you know, a there are some good DEAD kings too. I mean, come on... A country with cell phones still imprisons for text chatter? Well... there is the case of the AT&T terrorists, but that's different. I mean, my wife cusses me out all the time... King F*** Bubble needs to drop a half dozen xanax & chase a beer.

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