The Criminal Court has sentenced a compact-disc vendor to three years and four months in jail and fined him 66,000 baht for selling copies of a controversial Australian documentary about the Thai monarchy in 2011.
Ekachai: Lawyer will appeal guilty verdict
Ekachai Hongkangwan was originally sentenced to a five-year jail term and a 100,000-baht fine but the punishment was later commuted by one third on his plea that he had no intention to insult the monarchy. He was arrested on March 10, 2011 on charges of possessing 10 WikiLeaks documents and about 100 VCDs, which contained a segment of a 2010 Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) programme, Foreign Correspondent, about the Thai royal family.
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