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Thai Royalist Sentenced for Repeating Royal Insult

2 October 2013

The founder of Thailand’s royalist Yellow Shirt movement has been sentenced to two years imprisonment for defaming the monarchy by repeating offensive comments made by a political opponent. A Bangkok appeals court on Tuesday found 65-year-old media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul guilty of lese majeste for quoting remarks made by an anti-establishment activist to the crowd at a protest in 2008. Thailand’s lese majeste law is the world’s harshest, mandating a jail term of three to 15 years. Tuesday’s action overturned a criminal court’s dismissal of the case against Sondhi on the grounds that he was only urging that the original speaker be prosecuted.—AP

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