CD seller gets 3 years in jail for lèse majesté

On 4 July, the Criminal Court sentenced Sathian (family name withheld) to 6 years in jail for lèse majesté and fined him 100,000 baht for illegally selling video CDs, and, as he pleaded guilty, the penalties were reduced by half.

According to the public prosecutor, Sathian was arrested on 19 March 2011 near the Democracy Monument for unauthorized sales of video CDs and publicizing the contents which were offensive to the monarchy.

The court found him guilty under Article 112 of the Criminal Code and the 2008 Films and Video Act.

Formerly a hotel cook, Sathian started to join red-shirt rallies in 2009.  He was arrested during a rally to commemorate the crackdown on the red shirts last year.