Founder of Thailand's royalist Yellow Shirt movement jailed for defaming monarchy


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The founder of the royalist Yellow Shirt movement has been jailed for two years for defaming the monarchy by repeating offensive comments made by a political opponent.

A court of appeal in Bangkok found the media mogul Sondhi Limthongkul, 65, guilty of lèse majesté for quoting remarks made to a crowd at a protest in 2008. He was freed on £10,000 bail pending an appeal.

Thailand’s lèse majesté law is the world’s harshest, with a jail term of up to 15 years. The court overturned a criminal court’s dismissal of the case against Sondhi on the grounds that he was only urging that the original speaker be prosecuted.