Updated: 11+ years for lese majeste

Prachatai reports that Burin Intin has been sentenced by a military court on two lese majeste charges.

The report isn’t entirely clear. It says Burin was sentenced to 11 years and 4 months. Usually, when a “suspect” pleads “guilty,” the sentence is halved, so we wonder if Burin was actually sentenced to 22 years and 8 months.

Prachatai states:

The military court read the verdict two days after he pleaded guilty to two lèse majesté counts he was indicted with. Together with the lèse majesté offences, Burin was also indicted with Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act for publishing illegal computer content.

The first count concerned a Facebook comment which was posted shortly before he joined the protest on 27 April 2016. The second was a message on his private Facebook chat with Patnaree Chankij, the mother of Sirawit Serithiwat, a well-known anti-junta activist.

We can now expect the merciless thug-junta to now go after the single mother Patnaree.

Update: A report in the Bangkok Post sort of clarifies sentencing. It states:

During sentencing yesterday, the court initially commuted his term by half due to his confession.

However because he had been convicted for another crime less than five years ago the court increased his sentence by a third, which meant he will have to serve 11 years and four months in total.

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