Man arrested for defaming Thai King on Facebook

Thai police on Wednesday said the they had arrested a man who allegedly defamed the monarchy on Facebook.
The police accused Pongsak S., of offences under Article 112 or the lese majeste law and Article 14 of the Computer Crime Act (importing of illegal content into a the computer system.)
Pongsak was on the list of 17 people summoned by the junta on 9 June 2014. The police said he would also be charged with violating the junta’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) summons by not reporting in. 
The press conference on the arrest was held on Wednesday at the Royal Thai Police Headquarters.
Pongsak allegedly used Facebook under the name “sam parr” to distribute messages and images defaming the monarchy. At the press conference, he pleaded guilty to all charges and said he did so because he was instigated by some Facebook friends. He also said that he went to anti-establishment red-shirt demonstrations.



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