Thailand Tightens the Lese-majeste Scre…

On 8 May 2012, Amphon Tangnoppakul, known affectionately in Thailand as "Akong", or "grandpa", died of complications from terminal cancer while in prison. Akong was charged with lese-majeste, a crime he denied, regarding four text messages he was alleged to have sent, which were deemed insulting to the King and Queen of Thailand. These text messages were allegedly sent to a secretary of former Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva.

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