Aug 15, 2017

Thai activist gets prison for sharing king's profile on Facebook

A student activist in Thailand has received a prison term of two-and-a-half years after sharing a profile of King Maha Vajiralongkorn on Facebook. He was arrested for sharing the profile, published by BBC Thai, two days after the new king ascended the throne in December 2016. Thailand has very strict lese-majeste laws, which ban any criticism of the country's monarchy. In December, Mr Jatupat was charged with defaming the monarchy and detained in north-eastern Thailand. King Vajiralongkorn's father, the revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, died on 13 October at the age of 88 after seven decades on the throne.

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