Thai courts hand down record sentences for royal Facebook insults – Reuters, August 8, 2015
…Since the 2014 coup, authorities have charged at least 51 people with lese-majeste, including 24 convictions, a sharp rise over previous years, iLaw data shows.
Military courts usually give offenders up to 10 years on each count, double the figure before the coup, Yingcheep said.
The jump in cases was part of a general push for tougher enforcement, said Major-General Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak, a government spokesman.
“We are applying nothing new in terms of law enforcement,” Weerachon told Reuters. “It’s just a matter of the previous administration neglecting to enforce the law properly.”
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