2007 Computer Crimes Act

24 Nov 2011
The Asian Human Rights Commission wishes to express grave concern over the latest conviction and sentence of a person in Thailand for a crime of freedom of expression. On 23 November 2011, in Black Case No. 311/2554, Ampon Tangnoppakul (also known as 'Arkong'), a 61-year-old man, was sentenced to twenty years in prison for four alleged violations of Article 112 of the Thai Criminal Code and the 2007 Computer Crimes Act. Ampon’s crime was to allegedly send four SMS messages to Somkiat Klongwattanasak, personal secretary of the former prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva.
24 Nov 2011
At the Criminal Court on 23 Nov, a guilty verdict was passed on 61-year-old Ampon (last name withheld) who was sentenced to twenty years in prison for allegedly insulting and threatening the Queen of Thailand. The Court sentenced him to 5 years on each of 4 counts under the lèse majesté law.
24 Nov 2011
On 23 November 2011, Ampon Tangnoppakul was sentenced to 20 years, the longest known sentence to date under the Computer Crimes Act of 2007. His alleged crime? Allegedly sending four SMS messages with allegedly anti-monarchy content to the personal secretary of the former prime minister, Abhisit Vejjajiva. As Prachatai has reported, the sentence was delivered via videolink as flooding made it unfeasible for Ampon to be brought to the Criminal Court to hear the sentence.
24 Nov 2011
Bangkok, 23 November 2011: At the Criminal Court, a Chinese descendant Thai, Mr. Amphon, aka “Arkong”, 61 years, was convicted to 20 years of imprisonment. His crime: texting four messages to a phone belonging to Abhisit Vejjajiva’s personal secretary.
23 Nov 2011
On 23 Nov, the Criminal Court found Amphon Tangnoppakul guilty for lèse majesté and computer crimes and sentenced him to 20 years in prison.
12 Oct 2011
Making Internet intermediaries liable for lese-majeste postings is like making restaurant owners liable for what diners say at the dining table, Internet expert Danny O'Brien said yesterday in written testimony to the Thai court trying webmaster Chiranuch Premchaiporn.
12 Oct 2011
Judge swamped, justice delayed TRIAL OF CHIRANUCH PREMCHAIPORN DELAYED UNTIL FEBRUARY 14, 15, 16, 2012. The third and final act in the trial of the webmaster of independent news portal Prachatai, Chiranuch Premchaiporn, was scheduled for four days this week with expert witnesses for the defence.
12 Oct 2011
Last week in Geneva, Switzerland, Thailand’s freedom of expression record came under particular scrutiny during the Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
11 Oct 2011
On 10 Oct, Joe Gordon pleaded guilty at the Criminal Court after having been detained without bail for 139 days.
10 Oct 2011
GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, today urged the Government of Thailand to amend its laws on lèse majesté. According to Section 112 of the Thai penal code, ‘whoever defames, insults or threatens the King, the Queen, the Heir to the throne or the Regent shall be punished with imprisonment of three to fifteen years.’
3 Oct 2011
On 30 Sept, during the last hearing of his case in the Criminal Court, Amphon Tangnoppakul insisted that he had never sent messages offensive to the monarchy to former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva’s personal secretary through his mobile phone as alleged.
28 Sep 2011
On 27 Sept, a group of activists gathered in front of the US Embassy in Bangkok to call on the US government to protect the rights and freedoms of its citizen, Joe Gordon, who has been detained without bail for 4 months on charges of lèse majesté.

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