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Thai protester sentenced to 2 years in prison for mocking queen with fashion show

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  • A court in Thailand finalized the sentencing for Jatuporn “New” Saeoueng, a pro-democracy protester, on Monday.
  • Jatuporn was charged with violation of the lese majeste law, which addresses the defaming of the monarchy a punishable crime, and the Public Safety Act.
  • The demonstration — which took place in downtown Bangkok on Oct. 29, 2020 — called for the monarchy’s reform and mimicked the princess’ fashion show.
  • Although Jatuporn was initially sentenced to three years of imprisonment, the sentence was reduced to two years and a fine of 1,000 baht (approximately $27.55).
  • Jatuporn still faces six additional charges, which she is prepared to appeal up to the country’s Supreme Court.

Pro-democracy protestor Jatuporn “New” Saeoueng was sentenced to two years in prison for insulting Thailand’s queen through her attire.

A court in Thailand finalized the sentencing for Jatuporn on Monday. The activist was accused of insulting the country’s queen after she wore traditional Thai attire at a pro-democracy demonstration. She was charged with violating the lese majeste law, which addresses the defaming of the monarchy a punishable crime, and the Public Safety Act.

South Korea sentences man to 4 years for sexual abuse in the metaverse

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  • A 30-year-old South Korean man was sentenced to four years in prison for storing sexually exploitative content of minors he lured on the metaverse.
  • He offered gifts to minors to draw them into filming and sending images of their bodies from December 2021 to March of this year, according to reports.
  • On top of his four-year sentence, he must attend 80 hours of treatment programs for sex criminals.
  • He is also banned from working at any establishment related to teenagers and the disabled for seven years.

A South Korean man was sentenced to four years in prison for storing sexually exploitative content of minors he lured on the metaverse.

The 30-year-old man used an avatar and fabricated his age on a South Korean metaverse platform. He offered gifts to minors to draw them into filming and sending images of their bodies from December 2021 to March of this year, according to reports.

California lawmakers reject bill that aims to stop prison-to-ICE transfers

  • VISION Act (AB 937) fell three votes short of the 21 it needed to pass in the California Senate on Wednesday.
  • Introduced by Assemblymember Wendy Carillo last year, the legislation aims to bar state prisons from transferring inmates to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody after they finish serving their sentences.
  • Asian immigrants Bounchan Keola and Kao Saelee, who worked as incarcerated firefighters, were among those taken by ICE custody after being released.
  • Supporters of the bill say the inmates have already served their time and deserve a chance to restart their lives.
  • Critics, on the other hand, believe they continue to be a threat to society, especially those with violent criminal history.
  • With the Senate rejection, the bill returns to the Assembly for a final vote before heading to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk.

A bill that would bar California jails from moving inmates to federal immigration custody after completing their prison sentences was rejected by the state Senate on Wednesday.

The legislation, known as the VISION Act (AB 937), received an 18-13 roll call in the Senate. Four Democrats and nine Republicans opposed the bill, which fell three votes short of the 21 needed for its passage. 

American bus driver convicted of joining Islamic State gets prison term reduced

  • Mohamad Khweis, the first American to be convicted in a jury trial of joining the Islamic State, had his prison term reduced from 20 years to 14 years during a new sentencing hearing on Tuesday.
  • In December 2015, Khweis, 32, traveled to Islamic State-controlled territory in Iraq and Syria and managed to acquire an official Islamic State membership card before giving himself up to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq months later
  • Khweis has been in custody since March 2016 and was convicted in June 2017 for a weapons charge and for providing material support to terrorists.
  • In 2020, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals discarded his weapons charge and called for a new sentencing hearing.
  • In the new ruling, Judge Liam O'Grady acknowledged that Khweis had displayed good conduct while in custody.
  • Khweis, who grew up in northern Virginia, was a Metro Access bus driver for disabled passengers before leaving for the Islamic State.

A U.S. court has taken six years off the prison sentence of Mohamad Khweis, the first American to be convicted in a jury trial of joining the Islamic State. 

Khweis, 32, has been in custody since March 2016 and was convicted in June 2017 for a weapons charge and for providing material support to terrorists. His term was reduced from 20 years to 14 years during a new sentencing hearing on Tuesday. 

Thai activist sent back to prison for writing about his prison sexual experiences on Facebook

  • A pro-democracy activist in Thailand is facing another year behind bars after writing about his sexual experiences in prison on Facebook.
  • Ekachai Hongkangwan, 47, was previously imprisoned for two years and eight months on charges of lèse-majesté, or a crime committed against a state or sovereign power.
  • In 2017, Ekachai shared a series of written posts called “My First Prison Life” in which he detailed his sexual experiences inside an all-male prison.
  • The Supreme Court charged Ekachai with violating the Computer Crime Act for posting “obscene material online,” although he did not use photos or videos.
  • Ekachai explained that he intended to share his experiences and expose prison conditions to push for improvement.

A Thai pro-democracy activist will spend another year in prison after sharing Facebook posts detailing his sexual experiences inside an all-male prison in Bangkok.

Ekachai Hongkangwan, 47, previously spent two years and eight months in prison for threatening Thailand’s Queen Suthida and blocking her royal motorcade during a mass protest in 2021. In Oct, 14, 2020, he was charged with lèse-majesté, or the defaming or threatening of a sovereign power. 

‘Extremely inhumane’: Japanese inmates sue govt. for notifying them of execution just hours beforehand

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Two inmates on death row have filed a lawsuit against the Japanese government after their lawyer argued that being notified only hours before they are executed is “extremely inhumane.”

Inhumane practice: The two death row inmates filed the suit in a district court in Osaka, demanding change and compensation for 22 million yen (approximately $194,000), lawyer Yutaka Ueda said, according to Reuters.

Three North Korean soldiers sent to prison camp for dancing BTS moves 

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A group of North Korean soldiers was reportedly sent to a political prison camp after its members were caught dancing BTS moves.

Army’s armies: On Aug. 5, three soldiers from the Korean People’s Army Air and Anti-Air Force Command unit were arrested for allegedly performing dance moves that world-renowned K-pop group BTS used in their hit single “Blood, Sweat & Tears,” reported Daily NK.

Family of California Man Jailed for 23 Years Pleads for Parole After Alleged Abuse From Guards

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Loved ones of a 41-year-old man incarcerated since his teens are appealing to California Governor Gavin Newsom for parole due to alleged threats over his health and life.

Searching for justice: Jeenha Huh started a petition on Change.org to bring attention to her brother, John Huh, who was jailed for a non-violent crime when he was 18 years old.

British Man Who Allegedly Beat Thai Wife to Death ‘Mysteriously’ Dies in Prison

A British man who was suspected of beating his Thai wife to death has reportedly died inside a prison in Thailand due to injuries from unknown circumstances.

Originally from Nottingham, 51-year-old Kevin Smitham was imprisoned following accusations that he kicked and strangled his wife, 29-year-old Kandra Smitham on April 15 last year after she refused to have sex with him. Neighbors discovered her body under a blanket the next day.