- US Citizen Gets 2.5 Years for Translating Yale Press Bio of King Into Thai, While Living in Colo.
US Citizen Gets 2.5 Years for Translating Yale Press Bio of King Into Thai, While Living in Colo.
Posted Dec 8, 2011 5:05 PM CST
By Martha Neil
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.