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King insults in a text message can land you jail sentence in Thailand

Posted: , by Daniel P.

King insults in a text message can land you jail sentence in Thailand
King Bhumibol Adulyadej is a very, very important persona, and the richest royalty in the world with $30 billion net worth. So much so, that offending him or the surrounding family is considered a crime in Thailand, and can land you a jail sentence.

Hey, 19th century called and wants its governance regime back, was probably what 61 year old Ampon Tangnoppakul thought when he was given 5 years in jail for each text message sent with allegedly offensive for the royal family content. There were four messages sent to a government official, and the grand total of jail time for the ex-truck driver now stands at 20 years.

His lawyer argued that the defendant doesn't even know how to send a text message, his phone was being repaired at the time and other spin doctoring, but the court didn't budge and upheld the 20 year sentence.

Considering the natural disaster that is currently devastating Thailand, one would think its people would be more exempt from archaic laws about saying something in a text message. Mr Ampon himself couldn't go to the hearing for its jail sentence, because the prison he is held at currently is surrounded by flood waters, and was read the verdict via a video link.

source: NYT

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posted on 24 Nov 2011, 09:00

1. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow.. just ... wow..

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 09:15

2. Kmack (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)


L2pickupthephone Mr. tAmpon.. but really, how horrible is a civilization like this.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 09:20 3

3. Mehha (Posts: 26; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Men like him should be hanged right in the middle of the road in front of the people from whom they suck their hard-earned money to become billionaire and still don't want to hear a word against themselves.

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 11:08

4. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Thats gotta s*ck bigtime. . .

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 11:20 2

5. sudhar131998 (Posts: 63; Member since: 06 Sep 2011)


what if the king abuses himself when he made a big foolish mistake ? will he be in prison?

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 11:58

6. SleepingOz (unregistered)


hahah domo crown for his highness King Bambilol..

posted on 24 Nov 2011, 23:37 2

7. modernkoro (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)


You guys must not make fun of this issue. Our King is also UNDER the laws like any other civilians. Everyone in Thailand abide by the Constitution.

Apart from insulting the King, If you insult some people via SMS, you might also get sued and end up in jail. It is a common sense. This article is too objective and the writer lacks of well knowledge related to the nature of laws in Thailand.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 00:04

8. winsaki234 (Posts: 63; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Do not make fun with this! This is our king! our king is also under law!

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 01:20

9. bb.best.bb (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Nov 2011)


I'm Thai.
Thai people respect him.
He like Father of Thai People.

posted on 25 Nov 2011, 10:33 1

10. roscuthiii (Posts: 1784; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Americans like to complain about US governmental control but few have any idea about the kind of control exerted over people around the world. If there was a reset button on humanity, I'd hit it.

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