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Singer Gets 7 Years for Lese Majeste, Must Write ‘Reconciliation Song’

BANGKOK — A singer-turned-activist was sentenced today by the Criminal Court to seven and a half years in prison for defaming the monarchy, and instructed to author a song promoting national reconciliation after he has served his time.

Socialite Accused of Flaunting Royal Title Goes to Jail

BANGKOK — The Criminal Court on Thursday ordered a businesswoman to be imprisoned for 12 days as she awaits trial on several grave offenses, including, most notably, insulting the monarchy.

Shrine Bombing Trial Postponed Because Interpreter’s Busy

BANGKOK — The trial for two Uighur men accused of staging Thailand’s worst terror attack was postponed yet again because a court interpreter won’t be available for the next scheduled session, a defense lawyer said Friday.

Judiciary Legitimized Coup and Supported Junta, Thai Lawyers Allege

BANGKOK — A rights organization accused Thailand’s judiciary of legitimizing the 2014 coup d’etat in a report published Saturday. In its critical report entitled “Legal...

Facebookers Denied Bail Again, Despite Million-Baht Bond Money

BANGKOK — Two people accused of insulting the monarchy in private chat messages were denied bail a fifth time yesterday, despite offering to post a million baht bond.

Journalist Associations Demand Release of Reporter

BANGKOK — The kingdom’s two leading press clubs issued a joint statement Monday afternoon demanding the immediate release of a reporter detained by authorities.

Renewed Bid to Capture Dhammakaya Abbot Weighed

BANGKOK — Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said Thursday he believes the fugitive abbot of Dhammakaya was still in the country a day after prosecutors indicted him on six-month old charges of money laundering.

Cambodian Charged With Murder in Government Critic’s Killing

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — A former Cambodian soldier has been charged with murder in the killing of a prominent government critic, an attack that has raised accusations of a political conspiracy.

Bangkok Bombing Trial: Defendants Protest Chinese Interpreters

BANGKOK — As the trial began Tuesday against two Uighur men accused of bombing a Bangkok shrine in the worst single terror attack in modern Thai history, the court-approved interpreter did not know the word “shrine.”

Claiming Insanity, Fatal Crash Suspect Jenphop Wants Trial Shelved

AYUTTHAYA — A businessman charged with killing two graduate students with his Mercedes-Benz in March could not make his first court appearance Monday due to a mental breakdown, his lawyer told the court.

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