An American man has been sentenced to two and a half years in jail for allegedly insulting the Thai king. Joe Gordon, 55, is the latest person to be jailed in the country under the lese majeste rules that prohibit any kind of criticism of the monarch.
Gordon allegedly translated portions of a book that is critical of the Thai king, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, and then posted those excerpts online. His actions reportedly occurred while he was living in Colorado.
There is increasing concern in some quarters about the way that these rules are being applied, with some critics saying that any form of dissent is being quickly crushed. Gordon’s two and a half year jail sentence might seem fairly lenient compared to some who have been jailed for up to 20 years for similar offences.