Thai theater pair convicted for insulting monarchy

A court in Thailand on Monday sentenced two theater activists to two and a half years in prison each for insulting the country’s monarchy. The pair was involved in producing a play called “The Wolf Bride” about a fictional monarch and his adviser. It was performed at Bangkok’s

Thammasat University in 2013 to mark the anniversary of a successful 1973 anti-dictatorship uprising led by students. Thailand’s lese majeste law is the world’s harshest, carrying a punishment of three to 15 years in jail for anyone who defames, insults, or threatens the monarchy. Anyone can file a lese majeste complaint with police, and the charge has frequently been used as a weapon to harass political enemies. In this case, a group calling itself the Royal Monarch Alert Protection Network filed the complaint. The pair, a university student and a recent graduate who are both in their 20s, had been in jail since last August and their bail requests were repeatedly turned down by a Bangkok court. Both had pleaded guilty, a common practice in lese majeste cases, in December. In announcing the verdict, a Bangkok Cri



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