Felonious: Man could serve 15 years for ‘defaming’ Thailand’s king 

click to enlarge In Thailand, it is a crime to insult the nation’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (Royal Palace/AP)
  • In Thailand, it is a crime to insult the nation’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (Royal Palace/AP)

WHAT: Thai police arrested a Bangkok computer programmer on charges of insulting the nation’s 83-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej on a Facebook page. The charges carry a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

WHY: Thailand has a "lese majeste" law that can paint any critical comment mentioning the monarchy as governmental disloyalty. It also has a 2007 Computer Crime Act prohibiting online statements that jeopardize national security or cause panic.

WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: Thai rulers have long used the criminal insult charges to silence political opponents. But this case is the first arrest by the newest government, which is now pledging to crack down on websites with monarchy-insulting content.

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