Thailand: Former PM charged with royal insult

Sourc: Al Jazeera [Qatari state media]

“Thai police have charged former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra with insulting the monarchy over comments he made almost a decade ago. Officials said on Tuesday that the complaint concerns a 2015 interview that Thaksin gave while in South Korea. The potential charge comes just weeks before his possible release on parole. Although it is not yet clear if the case will go ahead, the jailed billionaire is the latest political figure to face prosecution under the country’s strict lese majeste laws. The complaint was filed by the military government that ran Thailand after overthrowing a government led by Thaksin’s sister Yingluck Shinawatra in May 2014. Thaksin has repeatedly pledged loyalty to the monarchy.” (02/06/24)