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Watana given suspended jailterm for using “Facebook live” in courtroom

Pheu Thai party core member Watana Muangsook was on Monday (Aug 21) given a suspended jailterm and fined 500 baht for using Facebook live in the courtroom.

Accompanied by his lawyer, the former commerce minister reported himself to the police at the Technology Crime Division to submit his written testimony in a case in which he was charged with inciting unrest in accordance with Section 116 of the Criminal Code and with violation of the Computer Act for posting statement in his Facebook page which was deemed incitement of public to give moral support to former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra.

Mr Watana was later escorted by the police to the Criminal Court to seek court's order for his detention. He protested the police request for his detention.

While waiting in the room to receive complaints for detention, Mr Watana live-streamed in his Facebook page for about five minutes, prompting the court to rule his act contempt of court.

The court sentenced him to one-month imprisonment suspended for a year and fined him 500 baht for contempt of court. He was also ordered to remove the post from his page.

Mr Watana later said he didn't know taking pictures in the courtroom is not permissible. However, he claimed he had asked a court official whether he could use a smartphone or not and the official said Yes.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)