Thai man faces prison for ‘liking’ Photoshopped image on Facebook

A 27-year-old Thai man faces up to 32 years in jail for ‘liking’ a Photoshopped image of the country’s king on Facebook.
Thai man faces prison for ‘liking’ Photoshopped image on Facebook

Thanakorn Siripaiboon was arrested at his home in Samut Prakan province for sharing the doctored photo of King Bhumibol Adulyadej, as well as an infographic on a Thai corruption scandal, with around 600 friends.

Under Thai law, anyone convicted of insulting the revered but ailing 88-year-old king can face up to 15 years in jail on each count.

“On December 2, he clicked the ‘like’ link on a doctored photo of the king and shared it with 608 friends,” said Colonel Burin Thongprapai, a military junta legal officer.

He said the mechanic has confessed to charges of sedition, lese majeste and computer crimes, and faces up to 32 years behind bars.

Human rights lawyers warned Mr Thanakorn, who belongs to an opposition red-shirt Facebook group, is at risk of becoming another victim of “enforced disappearance” in the military-ruled country.

He is due to appear in court today.

Human Rights Watch said the use of secret military jails has “now become a new standard nationwide” under the junta.

“There is nothing at all to guarantee the safety of those held incommunicado in military detention,” a spokesman for the group told Sky News.

“Without access to their families and lawyers, and interrogated by soldiers without safeguards against mistreatment,” the spokesman added.

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