A U.S. citizen will serve two and a half years in a Thai prison for translating an unauthorized biography of King Bhumibol Adulyadej and posting it on a website, according to a court ruling.
Joe Wichai Commart Gordon, who was born in Thailand, pleaded guilty on Oct. 10 to using a pen name to translate The King Never Smiles, a biography written by Paul M. Handley in 2006 and published by Yale University Press. Gordon has been detained since his arrest in May. The Criminal Court sentenced Gordon to five years in prison, and cut the penalty two and a half years because of his guilty plea, according to the ruling. Read more.