Earlier today it was announced that Ampon Tangnoppakul, also known as “Ar Kong”, has passed away. The 62-year-old grandfather was serving a 20 year sentence after being convicted of lese majeste for sending SMS messages. He will forever be known as “Uncle SMS”.

It was always a tragic and wasteful situation. Now, with their lack of leniency and compassion, the Thai authorities have digraced the kingdom.

Ar Kong was hoping for a royal pardon. This is a sad day indeed.

Previous coverage of Ar Kong’s tragic predicament is available here, here and here. This article also has some useful details on his case and its context, as does this earlier report.

Condolences to his family and friends at this sorrowful time.