Retired Thai Teacher Gets Suspended Jail Sentence for Giving Flowers to Anti-Junta Activist
BANGKOK – Retired teacher (Ajarn) Preecha Kaewbanpaew who was arrested and charged with sedition in Chiang Rai last October has been given a suspended jail sentence at a military tribunal in Bangkok, Monday.
77-year-old Preecha Kaewbanpaew was arrested and faced up to seven years in jail after being charged with sedition for giving flowers to anti-junta activist,Pansak Srithep during a protest in March.
The charge of sedition was later dropped and Preecha was instead charged with violating the juntaâ€™s ban on political gatherings of five or more people, the Khaosod reported.
The military court sentenced Preecha today to 6 months in jail and a fine of 8,000 baht.
The military judge said that since Preecha confessed, his sentence was halved to 3 months imprisonment and a 4,000 baht fine and a one year suspended jail term.
AjarnÂ Preecha Kaewbanpaew was released from custody after paying the 4,000 baht fine.
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