A military court has sentenced an anti-establishment red shirt accused of publishing a fake royal statement to five years imprisonment, reduced to 2 years and half after a guilty plea, with the jail term suspended. The Bangkok Military Court on Monday, 19 October 2015, sentenced Krit B. to five years in prison for offences under Article 112 of the Criminal Crime Code, the lèse majesté law, and Article 14 of the Computer Crime Act for importing illegal computer content.
The Military Court has for the first time in history suspended the jail term for a lèse majesté conviction in the case of a pro-establishment yellow shirt accused of publishing a false royal statement. The Military Court of Bangkok on Tuesday, 29 September 2015, sentenced Niran Yaowapa, a former editor of ASTV Manager Online, a yellow-shirt news outlet, to five years imprisonment under Article 112 of the Criminal Code, the lèse majesté law, and Article 14 of the 2007 Computer Crime Act for importing illegal computer content.
The military court on Tuesday granted bail to a red-shirt suspect accused of posting a forged royal statement after he had been jailed on remand for seven days. On Tuesday, the military court granted 400,000 baht bail to Krit B. Earlier last Friday, the court denied him bail, citing flight risk. The military court’s decision on Friday was highly criticized because the court had granted bail to Nirad Yaowapa, a former editor of the ultra-royalist ASTV-Manager Online, who faced the same charge.
The military court on Friday denied bail to a red-shirt suspect accused of posting a forged royal statement, when the court had earlier granted bail
In the case of the forged royal statement, a red-shirt suspect has to stay in jail because he cannot afford bail, while the ultra-royalist yellow-shirt media web editor walks free after being granted bail by the military court. It is considered rare for a lèse majesté suspect to be granted bail by a military court.