THE junta-led Thailand government has charged two Facebook users and an activist with royal defamation on Friday over alleged comments made against the monarchy.
If convicted, the three faced a maximum of 15 years prison for each offence.
The three were part of the ‘Facebook 8’ group which were detained by the military earlier this week. They were accused of receiving funds to run anti-government Facebook pages that insulted the government and its leader, Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha, according to Khaosod English.
The site reported that Nattatika Worathaiwit and Harit Mahaton were nabbed by the military on Wednesday morning, while Burin Intin was arrested at a protest on the same evening held to demand their release.
The Facebook 8 eight will faced charges of sedition and Computer Crime Act in the military court.
Nattatika and Harit faced additional Lèse majesté charges for insulting the Royal Family, but police have yet to reveal the nature of the royal defamation.
However, activist and lawyer Arnon Nampha was quoted saying that the military found offensive language in a Facebook chat between the two suspects.
Burin also faced Lèse majesté charges after being detained on Wednesday.
An officer with the police’s online crime unit,Lt. Col. Sanpetch Nuthong, said Burin posted a 40 minute-video containing insults to the monarchy on his Facebook several hours before he was arrested.
The three individuals were also reported to have been denied bail.