Facebook lands Watana in contempt

This Facebook Live post from inside the Criminal Court cost Pheu Thai Party stalwart Watana Muangsook a conviction for contempt and a suspended jail sentence.

The Criminal Court on Monday sentenced Watana Muangsook, a key Pheu Thai Party figure and former commerce minister, to one month in prison, suspended for one year, and fined him 500 baht for contempt of court after broadcasting via Facebook Live at the court.

The court said Mr Watana had violated Sections 30 and 31 of the Civil Procedure Code and Section 15 of the Criminal Procedure Code for using Facebook Live on the premises Monday as he awaited the court's ruling on another case.

The court also ordered him to delete the clip from his Facebook page.

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