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Two people sentenced for insulting the royal family in Thailand

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Opposition politician Chonthicha Jangrew has been sentenced to two years in prison for insulting the royal family in Thailand. She is currently at large and is awaiting the outcome of the appeal. Photo: Sakchai Lalit / AP / NTB

Of NTB | 27.05.2024 08:53:07

Crime and justice: Thailand has very strict legal protection for its royal family, and criticism and other expressions of displeasure can lead to up to 15 years in prison.

31-year-old Chonthicha Jangrew is a member of parliament for the Go Forward party. She was sentenced to two years in prison for a speech she gave in 2021 during a demonstration critical of the government.

She is currently at large and awaiting the outcome of the appeal case, says her lawyer Marisa Pidsaya.

Another court sentenced musician Chaiamorn Kaewwiboonpan (35) to four years in prison for burning a portrait of King Maha Vajiralongkorn. He was found guilty of arson, insulting majesty and computer offences. He will also appeal the case.

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