Lese majeste losing ground
The Appeal Court's acquittal of six young men on Tuesday of lese majeste charges -- on the grounds that they did not intend to commit the crime -- marks another positive step forward in the way allegations of defaming the Crown are handled.
But even though the six men have been cleared of lese majeste offences charges for setting fire to some royal portraits, they were still convicted of criminal association and damaging public property and will have to serve lengthy jail terms.
The severity of the punishment is a result of prosecutors' decision to pursue additional criminal charges against them.
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