Somyot’s jail sentence reduced

In a surprising and unexpected move, Somyot Prueksakasemsuk’s jail sentence was reduced by three years this week. While Thailand’s Supreme Court once again found Somyot guilty of Lese Majeste, it handed out a sentence of 7 years, which is in contrast to a lower court’s sentence of 10 years. Given that Somyot has already been in jail for 6 years, it is likely that he will now be released in April 2018. Nevertheless, the reality is that Somyot has committed no crime and the Lese Majeste law is used to suppress any government critics in Thailand. The fight for Somyot’s release, the fight against military dictatorship, and the fight against the use of Lese Majeste to crackdown on dissidents like Jatupat (Pai) Boonpattararaksa continues.

Free all political prisoners in Thailand! Abolish Article 112! End the military dictatorship!