Former guard leader of activist group gets 6 years in jail in lese majeste case

 

THE FORMER leader of the People’s Party (or Rasadorn Group) guards Mr. Sombat Thongyoi was today (Apr. 28) sentenced by the Bangkok South Criminal Court to six years imprisonment after being found guilty of offences under Section 112 of the Criminal Code, or the lese majeste law, and Computer Crimes Act B.E. 2560 (2017), Section 14 (3), Naewna newspaper said.

This case followed a complaint filed by Mr. Sarayuth Sangwanthong at Thungmahamek police station that Sombat should be  prosecuted for posting three messages on his private Facebook page with these allegedly referred to the monarchy.

However Sombat, 52, who is also a former red shirt guard, had refused to file a defence but did come to the court with a lawyer today.

The court ruled that the defendant was guilty of several offences under the two laws and sentenced him to serve two three-year terms for a total of six years.

Sombat’s lawyer has filed for temporary release, submitting 300,000 baht surety, an increase from previously submitted surety of 200,000 baht taking the total to 500,000  baht.

CAPTION:

Mr. Sombat Thongyoi. The Thai headline says, “Section 112 case – 6 years in jail for former guard chief of Rasadorn group.” Photo: Naewna


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