This edited article is from Prachatai, an independent news site in Thailand, and is republished on Global Voices as part of a content-sharing agreement. It is about a popular singer-activist who was imprisoned for Lese Majeste or anti-royal insult law. Thailand enforces a strict Lese Majeste law which the military government used as one of its legal tools to persecute critics after it grabbed power in 2014.
Tom Dundee, or Thanat Thanavacharanon, was released from Bangkok Remand Prison at dawn on 17 July 2019. The singer had served 5 years for lèse majesté.
After the military coup in May 2014, Tom Dundee was arrested on 9 July 2014 for not reporting to the NCPO [National Council for Peace and Order – name of the military-backed government]. He was sentenced to 10 years and 10 months in jail on two charges under Article 112 of the Criminal code, the lèse majesté law.
He received a royal pardon on the occasion of the coronation of King Vajiralongkorn, with his sentence reduced to 5 years.