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

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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12 Comments

1. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

wow.. just ... wow..

2. Kmack

Posts: 26; Member since: Nov 15, 2011

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

3. Mehha

Posts: 26; Member since: May 25, 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.

4. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

Thats gotta s*ck bigtime. . .

5. sudhar131998

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 06, 2011

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

6. SleepingOz unregistered

hahah domo crown for his highness King Bambilol..

7. modernkoro

Posts: 25; Member since: Jan 27, 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.

8. winsaki234

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

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

9. bb.best.bb

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

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

10. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

11. bankji

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2016

Sorry to interrupt You misunderstood about " the kind of control exerted over people around the world If there was a reset button on humanity " No no no We are free will. We choose to love our king. Our king is also under law! The current king in the time is Serve our people!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We r esteem him. So sorry about false grammar

12. bankji

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 18, 2016

He is like father . I'm not in control. I'm sentimental. Hoping you understand me

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