Naturalized US citizen Joe Gordon, born in Thailand under the name Lerpong Vichaikhammart, was charged with lese-majeste in 2011 for translating a banned biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment after he returned to Bangkok as a tourist. He was freed by royal pardon and deported in July of 2012. He spoke in Los Angeles with regular Asia Sentinel contributor Pavin Chachavalpongpun on March 24. This is a record of that conversation.
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