Two actors, Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkong, serving a two-and-a-half year prison sentence under the controversial ‘lèse majesté’ law – defaming, insulting or threatening the royal family – have been released early in a royal pardon, reported PEN International on 5 September 2016.
Saraiyaem was released 55 days early on 12 August 2016 and Munkong was released two weeks later on 27 August 2016.
The actors, arrested in August 2014, were sentenced in February 2015 for staging the play ‘The Wolf’s Bride’ (‘Jao Sao Ma Pa’) in October 2013. The play, deemed to be insulting to King Bhumibol Adulyadej, centred on a fictional monarchy.
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