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12th Dec 2015

Man Could Serve Up To 32 Years In Prison For Liking A Facebook Photo

This is pretty scary.

Cathy Donohue

A Thai man could face a lengthy prison sentence after liking a photoshopped image of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The Guardian reports that Thanakorn Siripaiboon was arrested on Thursday after he liked the photoshopped photo and shared an infographic relating to a ‘corruption scandal’.

“On 2 December, he clicked ‘like’ on a doctored photo of the King and shared it with 608 friends” said legal officer Col Burin Thongprapai.

The officer also said that the 27-year-old was arrested in Samut Prakan, close to Bangkok and faces charges of sedition, computer crimes and lése-majesté which means violating majesty.

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 05: Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej arrives at Siriraj Hospital after he marks the 60th anniversary of his coronation at the Grand Palace on May 5, 2010 in Bangkok, Thailand. Thailand's revered king, Bhumibol Adulyadej left hospital on Wednesday for the first time since February after being admitted for treatment of a respiratory condition back in September 2009. Dressed in the customary white royal uniform the King travelling to the Grand Palace for celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of his coronation. (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)
King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Anyone found guilty of insulting Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej can face up to 15 years jail time on each count.

The infographic shared by Thanakorn relates to Rajabhakti Park, a park built by the military which cost millions to build.

“He admitted that he posted the infographic of Rajabhakti Park to incite members of the group, to oppose the military” said Officer Burin.