Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha speaks at a public event in London. Photo: Government House

BANGKOK — The Supreme Court on Friday rejected an attempt by pro-democracy activists to prosecute junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha for armed insurrection by staging his coup four years ago.

In today’s verdict, the court affirmed the rulings handed down by two lower courts dismissing the lawsuit. The activist who brought the case to the court warned it might set a precedent for other coup leaders in the future.

“I treat it as a collective defeat of Thai society for not being able to bring legal action against the leaders of this coup,” activist lawyer Arnon Nampha told reporters after the verdict. “And it might lead to more coups in Thailand.”

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