Court overturns verdict against Prachatai webboard user, sentences to five-year jail term.

The Appeals Court today overturned a previous verdict and delivered a five-year sentence to Noppawan (lastname witheld), an online user who was charged in October 2008 under the Computer Crimes Act and lèse majesté law, or Article 112 of the Criminal Code, for allegedly posting a defamatory comment against the monarchy on the webboard.

The user, who went by the nickname "Bento," was detained for ten days in the Women’s Correctional Institution after she was arrested in January 2009. She was later acquitted by the Criminal Court in January 2011 because of insufficient evidence.

The Appeals Court has now overturned the verdict after the prosecution attorney filed an appeal in March 2011 stating that the evidence from the police and attorney was credible. Noppawan was granted bail with 1,000,000 baht bond later in the evening. 

On Tuesday, the Appeals Court overturned the verdict against Sondhi Limthongkul, leader of the yellow shirt People's Alliance for Democracy who was prosecuted for lèse majesté and acquitted in July 2012. 
Sondhi was charged for recounting the speech of Daranee Charnchoengsilpakul, red-shirt political activist who was given 15-year jail term for lèse majesté, during his rally in July 2008. 
The Appeals Court reversed the verdict and sentenced him three years imprisonment, then later reduced to two years. He was granted bail with 500,000 baht guarantee.   
Update and correction on 2 October, 2013 at 5.30 pm : The Appeals Court granted Noppawan bail with 1,000,000 baht bond. The 700,000 baht bond was not for the Appeals Court, but it was for the bail at the Criminal Court.

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