Thai police arrest man for selling monarchy video

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 7:28 AM
Thai police arrest man for selling monarchy video

A Thai man faces up to 15 years in prison for selling video CDs containing an Australian TV news program about Thailand's monarchy.

Lawyer Anont Nampa says Akachai Hongkangwan has been arrested on the charge of lese majeste, or disrespect for the monarchy.

The segment on ABC's Foreign Correspondent series from last April was an examination of the future of Thailand's monarchy.

Anont says Akachai acknowledged selling the VCDs but says he didn't break any law.

The lese majeste law mandates a prison of up to 15 years. Critics say it is mostly used as a weapon to punish political opponents, since almost any critical comment can be construed as disloyalty to the monarchy.