Singer Tom Dundee gets 7.5 years for lese majeste

Red shirt-aligned thespian and actor Thanat Thanawatcharanont (centre) is escorted by troops officers as he arrives during a Criminal Court on a assign of lese majeste in Bangkok Jun 1. (EPA photo)

The Criminal Court on Wednesday condemned a red shirt-aligned nation thespian and actor to 7 years and 6 months in jail for scornful a kingdom in a open debate done 3 years ago.

Thanat Thanawatcharanon, famous by his theatre name of Tom Dundee, gave watchful media a thumbs-up as he arrived during justice on Wednesday, wearing an orange jail uniform.

“The judgment is most longer than we expected,” his lawyer, Saovalux Po-Ngam, pronounced after a hearing.  “We can board an interest within a month though have to beg initial possibly we will. In my personal view, a law should be scrapped given a sentences are too long.”

The decider in a case, who refused to review a full statute aloud, observant a prosecuted comments were bold and harsh, pronounced he would have given Thanat a longer sentence, though was suggested on a shorter tenure by a court’s emissary president.

“Five years for any count is positively not a light sentence, though it isn’t a serious one either,” a decider said.

Sentences for stately insults have turn increasingly oppressive underneath a junta, and one delinquent was jailed for a record 30 years in 2015.

Thanat, who has been in jail given his detain in 2014, formerly had denied a charges, though confessed in a remarkable about-face in justice on Monday.

The courtroom was filled with red-shirt sympathisers, hostess Yotwarit “Jeng Dokjik” Chuklom, members of a Internet Law Reform Dialogue, and former lese majeste convicts including Aekachai Hongkangwan, now a staff member during a For Friends Association.

Thanat conceded that a extensive judgment was astonishing though pronounced he would still confess when he appears during a troops justice on a same assign on Jun 21.

“I have to know and welcome it. Imagine if we hadn’t confessed here how most some-more would we have received,” he said.

Confessing to a lese majeste crime is slight practice, where a indicted mostly beg guilty in wish of a some-more kindly sentence.

Prosecutors pronounced Thanat done insulting comments about a kingdom during a 2013 debate to red-shirt activists during a domestic convene in a capital. His remarks were uploaded in YouTube and remained there until Apr 26, 2014.

He was arrested and charged in Jul that year, following vigour by an ultra-royalist organisation on a Department of Special Investigation to prosecute him.

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