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Thai Lawmaker Bag Two Years In Jail For Insulting Monarchy

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A court in Thailand has sentenced Move Forward Party’s MP Chonthicha Jaengraew to two years imprisonment for insulting the monarchy.

The court located in Thanyaburi, north of Bangkok, found Jaengraew guilty on Monday, of violating the country’s strict lese-majeste laws while giving a speech during an anti-government protest in 2021.

According to Jaengraew’s lawyer, her sentence was reduced from three years to two due to her cooperation.

The MP was released on bail of 150,000 baht ($4,000) pending an appeal, Times of India reports.

MFP secured the highest number of seats in the previous year’s general election.

However, conservative forces opposed to the party’s commitment to reforming the royal defamation laws which protect King Maha Vajiralongkorn and his immediate family from criticism, prevented MFP from forming a government

There has been an increase in charges under the lese-majeste laws, commonly referred to as “112” in Thailand since the youth-led pro-democracy street protest in 2020.

In December another MFP lawmaker was also sentenced to six years imprisonment for reposting messages that were considered insulting to the monarchy on X.

Prosecutors will also make a decision later this week on whether to pursue a lese-majeste case against former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra for comments he made in Seoul in 2015.

 

Nelly Agwu is an educationist, a journalist, a Blogger, graduate of History. Very dynamic and a realist. A mouthpiece of the oppressed. Easy going and a Philanthropist.

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