Thai mother indicted over one-word 'royal slur' Facebook message

The mother of a prominent student activist was indicted by a Thai military court on royal defamation charges Monday over a one-word Facebook message in what rights groups have described as a new low for the junta’s crackdown on dissent. Patnaree Chankij, 40, was initially arrested in May by Thai police for violating Thailand’s severe royal defamation law, which bans disparaging the monarchy with up to 15 years in prison on each count. “A military court today accepted the case filed by the military prosecutor (on 112),” lawyer Anon Nampa, told AFP, adding his client was granted bail ahead of an upcoming plea hearing.

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