Be careful what you ‘like’ on Facebook everyone, because it could land you in very hot water indeed.
This is especially true for those living in Thailand and one unlucky guy has found that out the hard way.
Thanakorn Siripaiboon, a 27-year-old mechanic, faces up to 32 years behind bars after he clicked ‘like’ on a photoshopped image of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Facebook.
He’s also accused of sharing an infographic on a corruption scandal with his 608 friends.
— Wenzel Michalski (@WenzelMichalski) December 12, 2015
Insulting the king is a criminal offence in Thailand and can see you face up to 15 years in prison for each count. As Thanakorn has allegedly confessed to additional crimes, including sedition, lèse majesté (violating majesty) and computer crimes, he faces more than three-decades in jail.
As reported by IB Times, arrests and prosecutions for lèse majesté have become more commonplace in Thailand since the military took power last year.
Two people have died in custody in the last two months after being charged with insulting the king. Thai Lawyers for Human Rights Watch said secret military jails are becoming worryingly commonplace around the globe and added they have “no idea” where Thanakorn is currently being held.
We’d point out how disgraceful and ridiculous this whole thing is but, if simply liking a Facebook post gets you in trouble, we dread to think what might happen to us if we stated what a bellend the Thai King clearly is.