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Liver cancer cited in death of Thai text prisoner

By Wed, May 09, 2012 4:45PM UTC Comments Off

BANGKOK (AP) — A preliminary autopsy shows liver cancer killed a Thai prisoner who was serving a 20-year term for sending insulting text messages about Thailand’s royal family. An observer at Wednesday’s autopsy said Amphon Tangnoppakul had late-stage liver cancer that likely developed after his 2010 conviction. Cherdchai Tontisirin said there were no signs of...

International media comments on death of Uncle SMS

By Wed, May 09, 2012 7:30AM UTC Comments Off International media comments on death of Uncle SMS

BP has already blogged on the death of Amphon Tangnoppakul/Uncle SMS, who is serving a 20-year sentence for sending four SMS messages deemed to be lese majeste (also see companion post at Siam Voices which has a chronology of the case). AP: A Thai man in his 60s who became known as “Uncle SMS” after he was...

A chronology of Uncle SMS’s imprisonment and death

By Tue, May 08, 2012 7:44PM UTC 4 Comments A chronology of Uncle SMS’s imprisonment and death

By Lisa Gardner A 61-year old Thai retiree and grandfather, whose twenty-year conviction under Thailand’s lese majeste law last year drew heavy criticism from civil rights groups, has been confirmed dead today. Amphon Tangnoppakul, also known as ‘Akong’ or ‘Uncle SMS’ was convicted last November of sending four text messages deemed offensive to the monarchy to...

Lawyer: Thai jailed for anti-royalty texts dies

By Tue, May 08, 2012 1:10PM UTC Comments Off Lawyer: Thai jailed for anti-royalty texts dies

BANGKOK (AP) — A lawyer for a man sentenced to 20 years for sending text messages deemed insulting to the monarchy says his client has died. Amphon Tangnoppakul was in his 60s and became known as “Uncle SMS” when a Thai court issued the verdict in his case in late 2011. It was the heaviest...

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