American charged with insulting Thai monarchy

2011-08-19 10:43

Bangkok – The US Embassy in Bangkok says it is disappointed Thailand has charged an American citizen with insulting the country’s monarchy.

He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted under the strict law against criticising the revered king or the royal family.

An embassy spokesperson today said it has urged Thai authorities to respect freedom of expression.

Joe Gordon was charged yesterday.

He allegedly translated parts of an unauthorised biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posted articles online that were deemed to have defamed the royal family.

Embassy spokesperson Kristin Kneedler said the US was “disappointed with the prosecutor’s decision”.

Gordon was born in Thailand but lived in the US for about 30 years before returning to Thailand.

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