Thai Activists Protest Royal Defamation Charges Against Dissent Leaders

Hundreds of Thai pro-democracy activists protested in Bangkok on Wednesday demanding the release four of activists who were jailed on charges of violating Thailand’s royal defamation law.

Thai activists protest against the detention of the dissent leaders due to royal defamation charges which is also known as Lèse-Majesté.

The protesters who have been charged were Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, Anon Numpa, Somyot Pruksakasemsuk and Patiwat Saraiyam.

Meanwhile, Thai court has denied the bail of these four protesters on Tuesday, said the lawyer for the activists Krisadang Nutcharut in a report.

“The court has not allowed bail based on it being a case with high penalties, and the defendants may repeat the actions.”

Lèse-Majesté is a crime under n Section 112 of the Thai Criminal Code, it is illegal “to defame, insult, or threaten the king, queen, heir-apparent, heir-presumptive.”

Violators may be imprisoned for about three to fifteen years in charged with Lèse-Majesté.

According to the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights there has been an estimated of at least 58 people who have been charged violating Lese-Majeste since the pro-democracy protests began in July 2020.

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