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Thai businessman jailed for royal insult

Published on Jul 16, 2014 6:34 PM
 
A Thai businessman has been sentenced to five years in prison for royal defamation, a court official said Wednesday, one of a string of recent cases under the controversial law. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BANGKOK (AFP) - A Thai businessman has been sentenced to five years in prison for royal defamation, a court official said Wednesday, one of a string of recent cases under the controversial law.

An appeal court in the northern province of Chiang Mai on Tuesday overturned an earlier acquittal of the defendant, Assawin, whose full name was withheld.

"He is seeking to appeal with the Supreme Court," the court official said.

Assawin was indicted for lese majeste in 2010 after a complaint from a business rival, who also accused him of trespassing and migrant smuggling.

 
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