Thai Activists Granted Bail After Insulting King

A court in Thailand on Tuesday granted bail to two leaders of anti-government protests after insulting the country’s king their lawyers said.

The protesters have spent weeks in pre-trial detentions on charges of insulting King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

Parit “Penguin” Chiwarak, 22, and Chaiamorn “Ammy” Kaewwiboonpan, 32, were granted bail, however, they must stay in Thailand to attend court hearings when summoned.

Krisadang Nutcharat, lawyer of the two activists told Reuters that Chiwarak and Kaewwiboonpan must also not participate in activities that create disturbance as part of the condition of the granted bail.

They have been denied bail several times on charges related to protests in 2020, during which calls were made for reform of the monarchy and the resignation of the prime minister, who first came to power in a coup. 

Thai court earlier has granted bail to student protest leader Panusaya “Rung” Sithijirawattanakul, who has spent 8 weeks in detention on charges similar to charges.

Thailand carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison for insulting the king.

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