11 July 2024

Move Forward MP for Bangkok, Rukchanok Srinork, was sentenced to six years in prison on Wednesday, after she was found guilty by the Criminal Court of lèse majesté and violations of the Computer Crime Act, for retweeting two messages related to the monarchy and COVID-19 vaccines in 2020.

The defendant was accompanied by former party leader, Pita Limjaroenrat, party leader Chaithawat Tulathon and several other MPs when she showed up at the Ratchadapisek Criminal Court this morning to hear the verdict.

The court had earlier rejected Rukchanok’s request for a postponement of the reading of the verdict today, on the grounds that it coincides with the resumption of the parliamentary session.

The Thai Lawyers for Human Rights group said that the court did not suspend Rukchanok’s prison term and that they will apply for bail on her behalf.