Longest prison sentence ever for lese majeste

A man was jailed for 35 years on Friday for lese majeste and defamation - the longest prison sentence to date for such a case, according to human rights advocates.

Wichai, whose fearful family requested his last name be withheld, was taken to the Bangkok Military Court on Friday to hear the ruling.

The 34-year-old was arrested in Chiang Mai province in December 2015 after allegedly setting up a Facebook account using a different name and profile picture. He was sentenced for posting 10 video clips, pictures and texts referring to the monarchy.

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