35 years for in­sults

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BANGKOK: Thai­land’s mil­i­tary court de­liv­ered its harsh­est sen­tence for in­sult­ing the monar­chy yes­ter­day, jail­ing a man for 35 years, rights groups said.

Vichai Thep­wong, 34, a for­mer in­sur­ance sales­man, was ini­tially sen­tenced to 70 years, but the jail term was halved af­ter he pleaded guilty to 10 sep­a­rate vi­o­la­tions of Thai­land’s strict lese majeste law.

Since seiz­ing power in a coup three years ago, the gov­ern­ment has brought cases against 73 peo­ple un­der the defama­tion law.

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