Whether lese majeste ought be a crime is one issue, but as long as it is the law we should consider if the penalty is excessive, says Voranai Vanijaka | Bangkok Post: opinion

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Crime and punishment of Somyot

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I don’t much care for Somyot Prueksakasemsuk's politics, although his strong conviction to them is admirable. I respect his idealism, but his allegiance leaves much to be desired. 

Whether lese majeste ought to be a crime is one issue. But as long as it is the law, we should consider if the punishment is excessive.

In his letter published in the Bangkok Post on Tuesday, convicted lese majeste offender Somyot wrote that he would not accept a royal pardon even if it were offered. He’s serving a 10-year sentence and is in the appeal process.

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