A former civil servant is now facing 43 years and six months of prison time for violating Thailand’s lèse-majesté law after she posted several audio clips critical of the Thai monarch on social media.
Anchan Preelert, 65, was initially sentenced to 87 years in prison but was halved after pleading guilty to 29 separate violations to the lèse-majesté law, or the insulting of a monarch or other ruler, according to Reuters.
Thailand’s King Vajiralongkorn has stripped Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi of her rank and the title of Royal Noble Consort for alleged “misbehavior and disloyalty against the monarch.”
According to the official announcement published in the Royal Gazette on Monday, Wongvajirapakdi was “ambitious” and tried to “elevate herself to the same state as the queen.”
Thailand’s Royal Palace released photos of 34-year-old Major-General Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi to mark her new role as the king’s royal consort on Monday.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn bestowed Wongvajirapakdi with the title Royal Noble Consort at a ceremony last month in the presence of the newly-reigned Queen Suthida Tidjai. The ceremony was held during the king’s birthday celebrations in July.