Fears of re-arrest for former Thai PM over royal defamation

Fears of re-arrest for former Thai PM over royal defamation

PAETONGTARN Shinawatra, the leader of Thailand’s ruling Pheu Thai Party, is worried her father will be arrested again for violating royal defamation laws in 2015.

State prosecutors revived an investigation into whether Thaksin violated the law against defaming the monarch for remarks he made to journalists when he was in Seoul, South Korea in 2015.

Thaksin who was ousted from power through a military coup in 2006 returned to Thailand in August of last year after 15 years of self-imposed exile.

In September, the King of Thailand reduced his eight-year prison sentence to a year. He is serving prison time related to corruption and abuse of power.

He was immediately transferred to a hospital due to health problems after a brief stay in prison.

Thaksin is eligible to apply for parole after serving at least one-third, or about four months of his amended sentence.

He will be released on February 18 if granted parole.

Thailand’s lese-majeste law is among the strictest in the world, with penalties ranging from three to fifteen years imprisonment for each offense.


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