Kuala Lumpur: Amid the unprecedented protest against Thailand’s controversial constitution and Monarch system, Bangkok court has sentenced a record 43-years and six-month of jail to a woman for insulting or defaming King Maha Vajiralongkorn and the country’s royal family.
According to reports, the Bangkok court found a former civil servant guilty on 29 counts of breaching the law. The woman who hand insulted King on social video was charged under Article 122– one of toughest laws of the country.
The group of Thai Lawyers for Human Rights revealed that the woman, who was identified as Anchan, found guilty for posting an audio clip to social media in which she criticised the country’s monarchy.
It was a six-year-old case when a huge outrage was growing against the military coup-led by Prayuth, who overthrow the elected government in May 2014.
Ancha, who served the nation as a civil servant for 40 years, denied all the charges and said that there were many people who had been sharing such content at that time.
According to reports, many democrat protesters have been put into jail and hundreds of agitators have been forced to leave the country since the Maha Vajralongkorn took the throne in 2016.
Last year, student-led anti-establishment protesters came out onto the streets of Thailand, demanding the resignation of former army chief turned Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, reforms to the powerful monarchy system and a new constitution.