Jeng loses final appeal against jail term for lese majeste

Jeng loses final appeal against jail term for lese majeste

Yossaris Chukom, alias Jeng Dokchik, a core member of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, is escorted to the Criminal Court on Tuesday to hear the Supreme Court's final judgement on his appeal against a two-year prison sentence for lese majeste. He lost and was admitted to Bangkok Remand Prison. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)
Yossaris Chukom, alias Jeng Dokchik, a core member of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, is escorted to the Criminal Court on Tuesday to hear the Supreme Court's final judgement on his appeal against a two-year prison sentence for lese majeste. He lost and was admitted to Bangkok Remand Prison. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)

The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld two lower court judgements and sentenced United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) core member Yossawaris Chuklom, alias Jeng Dokchik, to two years in jail for lese majeste.

The sentence relates to a speech he made on March 29 in 2010 from a UDD stage at a rally attended by a large number of people in Phra Nakhon district.

His comments were deemed a violation of Section 112 of the Criminal Code, or the lese majeste law,

The Criminal Court on Jan 18, 2013 sentenced Yossawaris, once a popular comedian who moved into politics, to three years in jail for the offence.  The sentence was commuted by one-third to two years imprisonment without suspension.

The decision was later confirmed by the Appeal Court.  The defendant took the case to the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court today upheld the two lower courts' decisions.

Yossawaris, now aged 59, had been free on bail. He was present at the Criminal Court, with a lawyer, for the ruling. He was immediately taken to Bangkok Remand Prison.


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