Thailand: Activist jailed for two years for insulting Queen Suthida

Defaming a king, queen, heir, regent or regent is a crime in Thailand, with penalties of up to 15 years in prison under what are considered among the world’s most stringent “royal self-disturbing” laws.

Jatuporn “New” Sawing, 25, was found guilty of intentionally mocking the monarchy through her actions during a Bangkok street protest in 2020, according to her lawyer, Krisadang Nocharat.

She is one of at least 210 activists who have been charged with insulting the monarchy in the past two years in connection with protests calling for strong monarchy reform, according to legal aid group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, which tracks such cases using the police and the courts. records. Reuters was unable to independently confirm these records.

The palace, which has repeatedly declined to comment on the protests, could not be reached for comment on Monday. “We love them all alike,” the ruling monarch, King Maha Vajiralongkorn, said in November 2020, when asked by Britain’s Channel 4 news about the protesters.

In October 2020, Gatorborn walked the red carpet at a protest in a traditional pink silk dress shaded under a canopy carried by an attendee, while protesters sat on the floor in a way that Thai traditional culture demands the presence of royalty.

Many interpreted her protest display as depicting the Queen, whom King Vajiralongkorn has divorced three times days before his official 2019 coronation.

“Jatuporn denied the accusations all along and said she normally wears traditional Thai dress,” Krisadang said.

“But the court considers it a mockery of property,” he said, adding that his client, who is transgender, would appeal the ruling. She was sentenced to serve in a women’s prison.

The court was not reached to confirm the verdict. Courts in Thailand usually do not publish legal procedures.

For decades, the traditional culture of Thailand has revered the king. In 2020, political protests against the government’s military intervention turned into criticism of King Vajiralongkorn, 70, who took the throne after the death in 2016 of his widely respected father, who ruled for 70 years.

Protesters claimed that the military justified its repeated seizure of power – including military coups in 2006 and 2014 – as necessary to defend the monarchy. The government and the military denied the accusation.

The protesters also criticized the new powers that King Vajiralongkorn assumed after assuming the throne, including announcements in the Official Gazette giving him direct control of the king’s vast wealth and at least two military units. The palace did not respond to these criticisms.

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