Posted Dec 08, 2011 11:05 pm CST
Several years ago, while living in Colorado, a U.S. citizen who was born in Thailand translated excerpts of an unauthorized biography of the country’s king, which had been published by Yale University Press, into Thai and posted them on a blog.
Now Joe Gordon, a 55-year-old car salesman, is paying a hefty price for doing so, reports the Associated Press. He was sentenced today by a criminal court in Bangkok to two and a half years in prison for defaming the royal family, after being pleading guilty in October in the so-called lese majeste case concerning King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
His lawyer, Arnon Nampa, said his client won’t appeal the sentence but will seek a royal pardon. He was arrested and charged after traveling to Thailand to seek medical treatment.