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Thai princess's political move raises questions over insult law

Feb 08, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Here are some facts about lese majeste law, or section 112 of the criminal code, as it is known in Thailand

PRINCESSS UBOLRATANA. This picture taken on March 24, 2010 shows Thai Princess Ubolratana Rajakanya visiting the Thailand pavilion at the Hong Kong Entertainment Expo. Photo by Mike CLARKE/AFP

Thai singer handed rare acquittal in royal defamation case

Mar 29, 2018 - 7:04 PM

Acquittals are extremely rare in lese majeste trials, which are shrouded in secrecy and often held behind closed doors

Thai actor, country singer and political activist Thanat Thanawatcharanon, better-known by his stage name Tom Dundee, holds up his handcuffs for the media as he arrives to hear the verdict of a lese majeste case against him, at a criminal court in Bangkok on March 29, 2018. A Thai court acquitted a folk singer-turned-activist of his third royal defamation charge on March 29, a rare ruling under a draconian law with high conviction rates that is used protect the royal family from any criticism. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA

Dutch MPs to debate ending law against insulting king

Feb 06, 2018 - 9:43 PM

Parliament's lower house will on Thursday, February 8, discuss a bill proposed by the progressive D66 party, which would drop clauses against defaming the king contained within wider laws on crimes against the royalty

THE KING AND FAMILY. Netherlands' King Willem-Alexander (R), Queen Maxima (C) and their daughters Amalia (2-R), Alexia (L) and Ariane arrives during celebrations for the 80th birthday of Princess Beatrix on February 3, 2018 in Amsterdam.  Patrick van Katwijk / ANP / AFP

Thai activist arrested for commemorating democratic revolution

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Activist Ekachai Hongkangwan is taken to a Bangkok military base for attitude adjustment

THAI MONARCHY. An image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn who became the king of Thailand on December 1, 2016, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP

Thailand backs down on Facebook ban over royal posts

May 16, 2017 - 2:32 PM

Thailand ferociously enforces a draconian lese majeste law which outlaws any criticism of the monarchy

5 Thais charged with royal defamation for Facebook 'shares'

May 04, 2017 - 6:22 PM

The 5 are remanded in custody on Wednesday May 3 for sharing Facebook posts written by Paris based Thai historian Somsak Jeamteerasakul about the disappearance of a democracy plaque in Bangkok last month

Two charged for insulting Myanmar's Suu Kyi

Oct 07, 2016 - 8:20 PM

The latest case sees two men charged for allegedly going on an obscenity laced rant against the Nobel Laureate after a heavy evening drinking session in a village not far from the capital Naypyidaw

Thai police defend arresting anti-junta activist's mother

May 07, 2016 - 11:20 PM

Patnaree Chankij s lawyers say she was charged for writing the Thai equivalent of yeah in response to Facebook messages that allegedly insulted the royal family

Thai man jailed for 6 years over Facebook royal 'slur'

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:49 PM

The conviction is the latest jail term handed down in an unprecedented lese majeste crackdown

ROYAL FAMILY. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) sits next to his family during a public appearance to mark his 85th birthday celebrations on the balcony of Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok, Thailand, December 5, 2012. File Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai junta bans lese majeste debate – organizers

Jun 15, 2015 - 6:27 PM

The Foreign Correspondents Club of Thailand says police would blockade the the building housing the FCCT if the event went ahead

ROYAL FAMILY. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej (C) sits next to his family at a public appearance to mark his 85th birthday celebrations in Bangkok, Thailand, December 5, 2012. File Photo by Narong Sangnak/EPA

Elderly Thai man jailed for 'royal insult' graffiti

Mar 20, 2015 - 2:02 PM

Ophas Chansuksei receives a year and a half sentence for writing anti monarchy and anti government messages in an eastern Bangkok mall