An ordinary elderly man, Ah Kong came to the world's notice because of his highly publicised arrest, trial and imprisonment on lese majeste charges. He died alone, without any loved ones by his bedside, at the Bangkok Remand Prison's hospital this morning -- his plea for a royal pardon yet to be answered.
My condolences to the family of Ampon Tangnoppakul, alias Ah Kong or Uncle SMS, who was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment by the Criminal Court last November 23 after he was found guilty on four counts of committing lese majeste.
The 61-year old man was declared dead this morning, having passed away in the hospital at Bangkok Remand Prison, where he had spent his jail term, by Pol Col Suchart Wong-ananchai, the Corrections Department director-general.
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