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Woman Who ‘Dressed Like A Royal’ Charged With Lese Majeste

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A woman was charged with royal defamation, or lese majeste, for allegedly mocking the monarchy by wearing a traditional Thai dress to a protest, her lawyer said Tuesday.

Pro-democracy activists slammed the move as yet another example of sweeping interpretation of the draconian law, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail. The woman, identified by her attorney as Jatuporn Sae Ung, was charged after she wore a pink silk dress and appeared on a parody “fashion catwalk” organized by protesters.

“It’s an interpretation and not the reality,” lawyer Yaowalak Anuphan said. “The lese majeste law has become politicized,”

Jatuporn was one of the demonstrators who participated in the satirical fashion show held on Silom Road in late October.

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And yet, who needs to mock the royals? when you have this ::

Princess Ubolratana dressed up as a female Santa Claus – or “Santy” as Thais call it – to wish the people of Thailand a Merry Christmas.



and a video https://www.khaosodenglish.com/culture/net/2020/12/26/princess-ubolratana-dressed-as-santa-wishes-thais-a-happy-holiday/

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Thai court gives record 43-year sentence for insulting king

A court in Thailand has sentenced a former civil servant to a record prison term of 43 years and six months for breaching the country's strict law on insulting or defaming the monarchy, lawyers say.

The Bangkok Criminal Court found the woman guilty on 29 counts of violating the country’s lese majeste law for posting audio clips to Facebook and YouTube with comments deemed critical of the monarchy, the group Thai Lawyers for Human Rights said.

The court initially announced her sentence as 87 years, but reduced it by half because she pleaded guilty to the offences, the group said...



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