Prosecution for Insulting the King

The Bangkok Post reports:

A Thai-born man with American citizenship [Lerpong Wichaikhammat, also known as Joe Gordon] … [has been] charged with lese majeste in breach of Section 112 of the Criminal Code and is also charged with instigating people to break the law under Section 116 of the Criminal Code.

The American was arrested on Thursday in Nakhon Ratchasima for posting a link on his blog in 2007 to The King Never Smiles, an unauthorised biography of His Majesty that is banned in Thailand.

The evidence [against Mr. Lerpong] included an IP address and communication equipment which showed he operated the website “Nor Por Chor USA” from his house in Nakhon Ratchasima. Thai alphabet characters Nor Por Chor were the widely used initials for the Thai name of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD).