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The Supreme Court has reversed the Appeal Court’s two-year-and-eight-month sentence against a lese majeste defendant, upholding the ruling of the Criminal Court that the offender suffered from schizophrenia. 

Though the verdict means 73-year-old Bandhit Aniya, the defendant who is out on bail, is now a free man, human rights activists pointed out he is still considered to have committed the crime but was freed because of his mental illness.

Mr Bandhit’s sympathisers who turned up at the Bangkok South Criminal Court yesterday congratulated him after the Supreme Court handed down its ruling.

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