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Thai man faces lengthy jail sentence for insulting king's dog

A man in Thailand faces jail term after being charged with lese majeste for insulting the dog of the king in a Facebook post, the man's lawyer told reporters today.

Thai man faces lengthy jail sentence for insulting king's dog

Pawinee Chumsri, the lawyer of 27-year-old Thanakorn Siripaiboon said that his client has been charged by police with lese majeste for a Facebook post lampooning the king and his dog. "There was a post including three photos on his Facebook page on December 6 with a message that satirised the king's dog," she said.

Thanakorn also faces lese majeste, sedition and computer crimes charges for clicking "like" on a doctored photo of the king and sharing it.

Thailand has strict royal defamation laws. Anyone convicted of insulting the revered 88-year-old King Bhumibol Adulyadej, or the queen, heir or regent can be put behind bars for 15 years in jail on each count.

The rate of prosecutions in the country has increase since the army grabbed power in the Asian nation in a coup last year. Thanakorn is in auto-parts worker and he is staring at a lengthy jail term of 37 years.

It is interesting to note that even the US ambassador is under probe in Thailand for royal defamation over a speech last month in which the envoy expressed concern at the lengthy jail terms. Bhumibol is the longest-serving monarch in world and though he is ailing the king is still seen as a unifying figure in Thailand.