Asia Briefs:10 jailed under Thai lese majeste law

10 jailed under Thai lese majeste law

BANGKOK • Bangkok's military court has sentenced 10 people from an "anti-monarchy network" to up to five years in jail, over audio recordings deemed to have defamed the royal family under Thailand's lese majeste law.

The group, including four women, were charged between January and March under Section 112 of the Thai criminal code,

for which anyone convicted of insulting the king, queen, heir or regent faces up to 15 years in prison on each count.


2 HK student protesters charged

HONG KONG • Two Hong Kong students who rose to fame during pro-democracy protests that angered Beijing last year were charged yesterday over obstructing police during a protest earlier that year.

Joshua Wong, the head of student activist group Scholarism, and Nathan Law, secretary-general of the Hong Kong Federation of Students, were charged in relation to a protest outside the office of China's top official in the city on June 11 last year.


Supermodel out of Pakistani jail on bail

LAHORE • Supermodel Ayyan Ali has been released on bail by a Pakistani court after spending four months in jail on charges of attempting to smuggle more than half a million dollars in cash out of the country.

Ayyan's famous grey eyes have fronted campaigns for designer clothes, ice cream and mobile phones, but the 21-year-old's career crashed on March 14 when she was detained at Islamabad airport with a case stuffed with hundred-dollar bills, contravening a ban on more than US$10,000 (S$13,600) in cash being taken out of Pakistan.

Her lawyers say she plans to plead not guilty.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 15, 2015, with the headline 'Asia Briefs:10 jailed under Thai lese majeste law'. Print Edition | Subscribe