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US slams lengthy sentences for insulting Thailand's royals

Thailand's royal family, headed by ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87, is protected by one of the world's toughest lese majeste laws, carrying up to 15 years in jail for each count of insulting the king, queen, heir or regentThe United States spoke out Wednesday against harsh prison sentences against two Thai citizens convicted of defamation for insulting the royal family. Thailand’s royal family, headed by ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 87, is protected by one of the world’s toughest lese majeste laws, carrying up to 15 years in jail for each count of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent. “We are deeply concerned about the lengthy prison sentences handed down by Thai military court against two people for violating Thailand lese-majeste law,” said Mark Toner, a State Department spokesman.

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