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Thai police charge politician for insulting king over vaccine remarks

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BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thai police on Tuesday charged banned opposition politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit with defaming the monarchy, after he accused the government of relying too much on a royal-owned company to produce its supply of coronavirus vaccines.

Police said Thanathorn had committed lese majeste in a Facebook Live stream during which he said the government had mishandled the vaccine campaign and given an unfair advantage to Siam Bioscience, owned by King Maha Vajiralongkorn.

The complaint was lodged by Prime Minister’s Office official Aphiwat Khantong, police said. Violations of Thailand’s lese majeste law carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years.

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