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.
Condolences to his family and friends at this sorrowful time.