A court in Thailand has sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country’s strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy.
- The woman who was sentenced has only been identified by her first name, Anchan, and is in her 60s
- Violating Thailand’s lese majeste law — known widely as Article 112 — is punishable by three to 15 years’ imprisonment per count
- Anchan was initially sentenced to 87 years, but the punishment was reduced by half because she pleaded guilty
The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating the country’s lese majeste law for posting audio clips to Facebook and YouTube with comments deemed critical of the monarchy, Thai…