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Damaging the Thai King's photo: Narin Kulpongsathorn sentenced to 2 years

| 6.3.22 |

Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn

 A court in Thailand on Friday, March 4, 2022, sentenced Narin Kulpongsathorn, 33, to two years in prison. Narin was charged with insulting the Kingdom of Thailand by vandalizing the portrait of Thailand's King Maha Vajiralongkorn. This is the first verdict handed down in a lese majeste case in more than a year. Narin was found guilty of attaching to the portrait of King Vajiralongkorn a sticker bearing the logo of a political party's facebook page. The portrait was then taken during a political campaign outside the Supreme Court building in September 2020. Narin denies the accusations leveled against him.

 He was released on bail pending the schedule for the appeal hearing. The Thai court has yet to comment on this. Thailand usually does not publish legal processes. Thailand has become one of the most stringent countries in the world to enforce lese majeste laws. The lese majeste law makes anyone who insults or threatens the king, queen, royal heir or regent, sentenced to 3 years - 15 years in prison for each charge. Thailand has come under international scrutiny for its harsh penalties for royal insults. Responding to this, the Thai government said the monarchy is a matter of national security and must be protected.

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